I love incorporating task cards, hands-on activities, and games during my center time. These engaging activities become even more important when we are preparing for testing. One of my favorite test prep review games is actually Jenga! In this post, I’ll be sharing two different games that use Jenga to prepare for testing.
Test Prep Review with Jenga
Hope King shared this idea during the “Get Your Teach On” conference in Orlando. Her creativity and genius ideas are seriously something to look up to. You can check her out at Elementary Shenanigans.
She uses a Jenga game to review important skills and test prep with her students. She colors the ends of her Jena pieces. Each color represents a certain skill. For example, red is rounding, yellow is multiplication, purple is division, etc.
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I decided that I HAD to try this test prep review game using Jenga. Luckily, I found this beautiful Jenga game on Amazon for a great price! No need to color or get crafty.
Leo Classic Colorful Wooden Tumbling Tower
I created question cards to correspond with each color. These focus on the math and grammar skills we will be doing in third grade, however they can work great for beginning fourth graders.
How to Play Test Prep Review Games Using Jenga
Step One: Choose a Color
One students decides which Jenga block they want to move. (The Jenga game from Amazon includes a color-coded die that could be used for this step.)
Step Two: Answer the Question
Before they can move the block, the student must answer the corresponding question. For example, if they want to move a RED block, they must answer question #1 on the red question card. If another player has already answered that question, then they would answer #2.
Step Three: Check Answer
In order for the student to be able to move the selected block, ALL of the students playing must agree with the answer. This allows each student to be held accountable during the game.
Step Four: Remove Block and Repeat
Once the group has agreed on the answer, the student carefully removes the block and places it on the top of the tower, just like regular Jenga. The next player repeats the steps until someone knocks down the tower.
Download the Jenga Test Prep Review Games
You can find my Math Review Jenga Question Cards and Grammar Review Jenga Cards in my TPT store.The best thing about this Jenga game is that it can be customized for any subject/skill/grade level. It can be designed to fit the needs of YOUR students!
Does your Jenga game use different colors than those shown above? No worries! This resource also includes a black and white version so that you can customize it to fit Jenga pieces of any color; you can simply print the questions on colored card stock. It also includes an editable template so that you can create your OWN questions.
Demonstration of Jenga as a Test Prep Review Game
Click below to watch a video on how to use Jenga as a test prep review game in your classroom!
More Test Prep Review Ideas
Another way that I love to review important skills with my students is through classroom transformations. Have you seen my test prep boot camp yet? Click here to check it out!
I hope that you find these ideas helpful for your classroom. If you decide to give any of them a try, be sure to tag @SweetToothTeaching on Instagram so that I can see what you’ve been up to!