As the year starts winding down and testing season begins, Mrs. Prete’s sixth grade class is reviewing their science concepts in a fun and new way.

“Quizlet Live” is fast-paced, completion style quiz game. ¬†Students are randomly placed into teams. Up on the board there is a graph showing how many questions in a row each team has answered correctly. Scattered about the room are groups of computers that students use to answer science questions. Each group worked together on the questions with the goal to be the first team to get 10 correct answers in a row. Once that goal was achieved, the groups were reassigned and students worked with different people. After a few practice rounds, the students competed for rewards in the form of classroom money.¬†

The questions varied across multiple topics, but were all about various science concepts. This activity achieved the 6th grade core standard to “Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.”

This lesson was energetic. As students begin to win, some literally jumped for joy as they finished rounds. All of the 6th graders were frantically thinking and reasoning as they answered questions, making the goal of answering the questions correctly seem all the more important. It can be hard to study for exams, but with the strategies utilized in Mrs. Prete’s sixth grade class, the students have come to find that studying is both fun and effective.¬†