Beat the Bell {A September Bright Idea!}

Hey there bookworms!

I'm so excited to be back with you for another round of bright ideas! Here we go!

One of the things I loved about my position last year was being able to go into so many different classrooms and learn new tricks from the fantastic teachers in our building. One of my second grade teacher friends plays a game with her kids I like to call Beat the Bell. I'll tell you how my friend and I played with her kids and you can make your own adjustments.

You need:
  • a bell
  • a stool or table
  • review questions (We made these up on the fly, but you could use task cards if you want to get fancy --- ha!)
  • 2 children at a time
Choose two kids to come up to answer a review question. We pulled random names out of a jar, but if the student didn't want to play they didn't have to.

They will stand on opposite sides of the stool/table with one hand behind their back and one on the table. No one else is allowed to answer.

{Does anyone else want to squirm when they hear their own voice on video? Just me??}

The question can be about anything they've learned so far during the school year. They have to wait until we finish asking the question to ring in. If they get the question right, they get a "ticket" (part of their classroom economy) but you could just as easily award points, candy, stickers, etc. 

The kids BEGGED to play this game all year long and it is a perfect time filler! Whether you've got 2 minutes or 20, it's a great informal assessment.

I hope you are gathering lots of great bright ideas this morning! If you liked this bright idea, please join me for more fun on Facebook or Instagram for more fun and great ideas!

1 comment

  1. Love games in the classroom and this sounds so much fun for reviewing anything!