Using Charades to Aid Student Learning
Overview: Students were asked to practice with 1950's vocabulary using the Charades App to improve their understanding of 1950's Cold War terminology.
Students were to put themselves into small learning groups in order to practice with the 1950's key terms. One student per group input one of the lists of key terms into the Charades App. Small groups were provided with the below list, which was laminated for each group to utilize. The list was provided to each of the small groups in order to ensure that academically accurate definitions were used throughout the activity.
Improvements of students
Classroom website link
At the beginning of each Unit, I pass out the Unit Overview and all the assignments that my students need to complete before the exam which usually takes place three weeks later. Students need to take responsibility for the deadlines and reading quiz dates throughout each unit of study.
Students are allowed to use their school issued textbook to complete the chapter reading quizzes, if they remember to bring it from home/their lockers on the day of the quiz. The blank spaces are for the students to write down the dates of the reading quizzes and exam, in addition to when the Unit Homework is due.
Some homework assignments
Examples of student work
Post Assessments of three Focus Students
Overall, I felt that Charades is a great learning tool to use when brushing up and improving upon key material. I think however, that KAHOOT would be a better option to play around with from a whole-class stand point when introducing new material/ terminology to students.
I created a KAHOOT Review Game for next year, and I may entertain the idea of using Charades in the future.