Reviewing content before a mastery check or assessment is a great chance to gamify your classroom and still get in lots of student-to-student collaboration and repetitions of key structures or vocabulary for a unit.
This blog isn't going to dive into how I teach using Sr. Wooly, but instead just one activity that I did. I traditionally teach Guapo, Confesión de Víctor, and Feo as a trilogy over a week or two in Spanish I. I like the story, vocab, and ability to work in that description, clothing, and other classic vocabulary sets since I don't teach a traditional curriculum. I think it makes it more authentic and engaging for sure!
I think this game can be easily adapted to any content or topic with a little creative thinking. I like that it ties in random/luck like The Unfair Game, The Lucky Reading Game, Grudge Ball or Decisiones which are all review games we love here in my classroom.
What you need:
-A common topic students are familiar with and have been working with!
-Task cards - simple tasks that require students to show mastery or practice using information covered in class (Translate, Write, Draw, Fill -in -the-blank,Write a question, etc.)
-Posters or drawings on the board you can assign or hid random points behind. For my Víctor review it was different headshots of Víctor from throughout the story.
-A way to indicate that a team has chosen a poster (a piece of paper, writing initials on the board, dragging and dropping an image if you have an interactive board) I used 'Víctor's signature' so he was effectively singing the headshot as a way to keep it all on theme.
All of my materials for this Victor version are linked at the end!
How to Play:
1) Place your students into groups of 3-4 students
2) Set a timer for how long you want to play (30ish min is good! But less can work , too)
3) One student comes up and gets a task card and takes it back to their group. You can see my Víctor Trilogy ones HERE. (I cut them apart and printed them on different colored paper for each group for my own organizational needs)
4) When a group thinks they have the answer they bring the task card up and if it's right they get a signiture to place on the headshot they want to. If it wasn't write give them a hint or point out whats wrong and send them back to fix it.
5) They keep going repeating steps 3-4 until the timer runs out.
6) They you flip over the posters to reveal how many points each was worth. Multiply it's worth by how many signatures each group they assigned to each specific poster.
Watch a video explanation HERE!
If Equipo Morado had 5 signatures under the poster worth 5 points, 6 under the one worth -20 , and 7 under the poster worth 50 points. So that team would have 655. (But I also make my students do the math in Spanish to review numbers and because they are better mathematicians than I am). You can make them worth 5, 10, -5 . It really doesn't matter. It's all random. I would recommend changing it from one class to the other or they'll tell each other which ones to pick! That's why I write on the back of my laminated posters each class with random point amounts.
Here are my slides for the Víctor Autograph Review if you happen to also teach these or want to see what it looks like as well as the posters and signatures.
I'd love to hear how you adapt this game to other topics!