What better way to get students excited about learning than to introduce some interactive games or quizzes to the classroom? Perfect for both assessing student knowledge or just as a way to diversify your lesson plans, adding in a quiz or game can help to switch up standard teaching techniques and wake up students with something interactive and engaging.
While it may seem to many that quizzes have to be a way to test students, or that games are just a way to pass the time or give kids a break, both can be used as part of a structured lesson plan, or to change up the day-to-day routine. Finding a good quiz maker will also help to make your next session all the more fun.
So what exactly are the benefits of hosting a fun class quiz or running an educational game?
Good question and we are glad that you asked it. We have plenty of ideas and several examples that you can use in your next class or at any time at all really. To make this easier we have broken things down into the following categories:
So let’s discuss these a little more in-depth here now!
So we mentioned before how a quiz can be a great way to strengthen understanding, improve knowledge retention, and make mundane topics enjoyable for everyone. Now obviously you can make these subject-specific and we have plenty of subject specific templates that you can use as an inspiration for your next history, geography, or math class.
Now there are plenty more ways you can run an educational quiz that is not necessarily arranged like a pop quiz or end-of-term test. There are, of course, plenty of general knowledge quiz questions you can add into your educational quiz.
There are plenty of different quizzes you can run that will bring a dash of extra fun to your classroom. Find a quiz on something your students love like a popular movie franchise, sport, or an upcoming holiday. So we have included some of our favorite quizzes that we have used extensively.
If you are feeling creative however and want to go it alone when making your fun quiz, we have some extra trivia questions that can help inspire you.
Perhaps you want to take a break from the planned history class, or just take a break to allow your students to reset before you jump back into an algebra lesson. No matter what the reason is, there are plenty of games that can help students think creatively, critically, and collaboratively. These games can range from elaborate creative games to short rapid fire games and activities.
A game of This and That can encourage students to debate the pros and cons of their choices, helping them to consider their preferences. Likewise, a Murder Mystery-style game can help sharpen critical thinking and link clues and ideas together as part of a team.
So we have discussed some non-subject related games above, but what about more educational focused games that nail down some valuable study points, or key facts or figures? Try arranging a game of 20 questions as a way of reviewing important historical figures no matter what time period you currently happen to be studying. Consider using a game of Two Truth 1 Lie to help students uncover which facts they have right and which they have wrong about chemical elements.
There are plenty of ways to get creative with educational games in the classroom from hangman to a game of Jeopardy or charades. But why not get a bit more creative and a lot more interactive. Here we have put together a great way to enliven your next Geography class by getting your students to pick out countries from a world map.
As we have no see, quizzes and games can be used for many different activities, from a fun trivia quiz, an icebreaker, or as a formative assessment tool. They can be an invaluable addition to your weekly lesson plan and a great way to get the kids thinking outside of the box and collaboratively. Perfect also for sparking some debate and discussion, there are rewards to be reaped from a well organized quiz and a well thought out game.