Happy Math Monday!

This month the Math Mondays Blog Hop
is all about closing the year meaningfully.
During a time when students and teachers are feeling antsy and
experiencing a case of spring fever, here come the standardized tests and
finals. In this post, I will share an
engaging review idea to help keep everyone - students and teachers alike -
excited about math class!

Structured – Collaborative – Fun

One of my favorite ways to review
with students is by playing BINGO in small groups. My students find BINGO super fun, and what I
love a lot about this type of review is that is structured. I share the expectations and guidelines with
students before we begin, and then we just get to play. Students love being able to talk with others
while doing their work. I love that they
get to help each other out and reteach their peers – because let’s face it – I
can’t be by the side of all 20-something students in the room.

Here’s how it works:

THE PREP

·
Ahead
of time type up the questions you want students to review in a PowerPoint
presentation – one question on each slide.

·
Create
a generic BINGO board (with nothing filled in the boxes) by making a basic
table using Microsoft Word. Make enough
copies so that each group gets one board.

·
Cut
up little slips of paper and label each piece with the numbers 1-24.

·
Set
your classroom up into groups so that 3-5 students can work together.

·
Do
you love your TI graphing calculator? I
use “randint” to have it give me a random number between 1-5. (I’ll explain why in a minute.) Not calculator savvy? No big deal.
You’ll just randomly select a number each time.

STUDENTS ARRIVE

·
Allow
students to choose their seats or using grouping cards to keep it random.

·
If
you have mini-whiteboards, give each student a whiteboard, eraser, and marker.

·
Assign
each student in the group a number between 1-x.
x=the average number of students in a group. Some students may need to take one two
numbers or some students may need to share a number.

·
Pass
out the BINGO boards. Make the middle a
free space, then have them fill in the numbers 1-24 in any order in the
remaining boxes.

THE PROCEDURE

·
Call
up your PowerPoint and ask students to work together within their groups on the
first problem. Advise them to work
together, but not be so loud as to give away their answers to other groups.

·
Give
a time warning. Then use your TI
“randint” or select a random number. The
student who has been assigned this number in each group holds up their board. If they are correct, their whole group is
correct. If they are wrong, their whole
group is wrong. Forced
collaboration! J

·
Once
you have determined which groups are correct and explained anything needed
before moving on, flip the number cards you created and call out the number you
see. Groups who got the question correct
can cross that number off on their BINGO board.

·
I
usually pass out Dum-Dums, pencils, or stickers for students who win BINGO.

Teach 8

^{th}grade math and would like me to save you the prep time?? Check out these BINGO review games:
Be sure to check back for additional
ideas for review over the coming weeks.
Happy teaching!

Check out the links below to read
posts by other amazing secondary math teachers!