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But my new favorite way to use task cards is for test review.
Last semester, I used them for our final exam review in my world history classes. A high school world history course spans from Ancient civilizations to the present day, so a final exam encompasses a lot of material.
I broke the task cards into two sets--Ancient Civilizations through The Age of Exploration, and The Enlightenment and Revolutions through The Cold War, Post-Colonialism, and Terrorism. I put students into pairs, and gave them a few task cards to work on each day throughout the week. Students flip back through their interactive notebooks to work on each card.
That's the great thing about Interactive Notebooks--they serve as giant study guides. Everything the students need is right there.
I have two Jeopardy review games that we play "trivia-style" after each set. Here's how to play:
-Put the students in groups of 4.
-Have them tear a piece of paper into scraps, and place their group number on each scrap.
-Project one question at a time.
-Set a timer for between 30 and 60 seconds.
-In that amount of time, students must agree on an answer in their groups, write it on a scrap piece of paper with their number on it, and send a group member to hand it to me.
-If they get it to me with the correct answer before time is up, their group gets a point.
-When the board is complete, the group with the most points wins (extra credit, a treat, etc…).
My students' scores were really good. I am posting the review task cards, Jeopardy PowerPoints, exam, and answer key in my TPT Store this Sunday, February 1. So check for them then. Here's a sneak-peak at the task cards:
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