Whether you buy my version or not, you really should try this game. It is fabulous! The cards are the only thing included in this download (see the first two pictures); I only added the second two pictures of my poster board for reference.
I made this game up and later found out it already existed! My cards have more variation than most because I teach high school and I need around 40 cards to make the game last a full class period. My students divide into groups of three or four and I rotate through the groups drawing questions related to whatever topic we are studying. When a group gets a question correct, they pick a card and it tells them how many points they gain or lose. There are other cards as well to add more drama to the game including ZAP cards. A ZAP card will make one team or all the teams have a score of zero again. Sometimes, that will be a good thing, and sometimes it will be bad. The group with the highest score wins. My students absolutely love it, but more importantly, I love it!
Why I love this game…
#1 When I first started teaching and wanted to use a game for review, I went with jeopardy. I soon found out, it was WAY too stressful to identify which group “buzzed” in first. I decided to switch up the jeopardy rules and rotate around the groups for each question, no more buzzing! Well, this also proved to be frustrating because my students always let me know they did not agree with the point value I gave each question. Games are supposed to be fun and I was not enjoying myself. So…I decided I wanted a game where the points varied based on luck. Thus, I made positive and negative cards. I decided the game needed a name that was catchy and implied action/fun. Zap was the first word to come to mind, probably because I grew up playing a game called Zap (shout out to everyone who knows what I’m talking about and wrote names of the opposite gender on their friend’s hands all throughout elementary school)! I figured it would erase the scores earned and put everyone back at square one. When pinterest became popular, I learned I was not the only one with this idea so I never shared it for fear someone would think I stole it. I’ve had too many people request games that you can use at any point and for any course though, so here you go!
#2 It requires no prep after the game is created. I literally cut up an old review for the unit and use it for my questions to draw from. I put the strips in a ziplock baggie and store the unit questions with my zap cards.
*NOTE: I put my cards in pockets on a poster board that students can pull from, but other teachers I’ve shared with just have their students draw a card from their hand. It works either way and honestly, had I not worked so hard on making my board, I’d probably just use the cards. If you want to make your own board though, I suggest not making your own pockets like I did and just buying library pockets from the store.
**NOTE: The file contains two sets of cards. They say the same thing but are different sizes, depending on whether you need the cards to be tall and skinny to go in library pockets or you just want them to be smaller and resemble a deck of cards.