To provide a change of pace for your chapter review sessions, create a life-size board game to review the topic.
Step 1: Gather 25 sheets of paper (or more depending on the size of your classroom), add a question mark to each piece of paper, and then place them in sheet protectors. You will also need to purchase a set of large dice at the dollar store.
Step 2: Take 5 separate sheets of paper and add various action statements to each. See below for an example of the different types of statements you can use:
Switch places with any person/team on the board.
You decided to cut your own bangs, bad idea- Go back 2 spaces.
Your client purchased $25 in retail from you-move forward 2 spaces.
You were late for class-move back 3 spaces.
You scored a 100% on your midterm exam- move forward 2 spaces.
These are just a few examples. Be creative and come up with your own. You don’t want to do too many, remember this is a review game and we want students to have to answer questions to move around the board.
Step 3: Place the cards around your classroom in a path.
Step 4: Play the Game
Divide the class into teams of 4 to 5.
The first team rolls the dice.
Ask the first team a review question. If they answer correctly, the team moves forward the number of spaces showing on the dice. If they do not answer correctly, that team stays where they are and it is the next team’s turn.
If a team lands on one of the action spaces, the team must follow the directions on that page.
Each team will continue to take turns until they reach the end of the board. The first team to the finish line wins! Have a token prize for the winners.
Make sure each person on the team takes a turn answering the questions, however, allow them to get help from their team.
You can use this activity to review any topic. However, don’t use it every time or it will get boring and old to the students. Always change up the way you review your classes.
Courtesy Ida McLean – Searcy Beauty College, Searcy AK
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.