I’ll take Test Review for $300, Alex
One of the things that can be fun is the test review, however kids tend to get a little anxious about it. So one of our volunteer coordinators came up with a fun way to review for the test by taking the test questions and topics and turning it into a familiar game for the kids. We typically only use this during our Range Day. The reasoning is there may be a considerable time gap from when a student took the class, or completed the online course, and when they come to the Range Day where they all take the State test.
Construction is simple with envelopes, or library book card pockets, arranged and glued to a fold-out display board available at most any office supply store. At the top, the categories are the chapter or section titles from their class book. The cards have the $-value and the question printed on one side and the answer on the back.
ProTips: The colors make it pleasant looking and attractive. However, they are mainly for our benefit. It easier to sort the questions after the game is complete and put them back into the pockets. The board folds back onto itself which protects the question cards and keep them from sliding out and becoming a pile to be sorted out again. We still are careful to store it right-side-up in a plastic sleeve or bag.
The questions are based on the test questions and given a value roughly according to difficulty. Ones we found were more often missed on our test generally have a higher dollar value as well. We did not use the Jeopardy rule that they have to phrase their answer in the form of a question because when the questions were originally typed up on the cards, many were taken from the test. The question might be, “What are the three main parts of a firearm?” and the correct answer expected could just be: Action, Stock, and Barrel
Depending on class size, we typically divide the kids into 3-4 groups to be the contestants. The teams have a person come up and pick a category and question from that column. That student then acts as the spokesman for that question with that duty rotating within the team. One of our instructors is Alex and reads the question for everyone to hear. The teams discuss their answer and then the spokesman gives the final answer. If missed, another team can “steal” it by being the first to raise their hand. We also have found that we just simply rotate teams for the next question, rather than trying to judge who raised a hand first.
Feel free to modify the rules or how you play the game based on the time you have and what you find works for you. We found that we typically begin keeping score, but another instructor or parent is strongly urged for this. The kids typically aren’t concerned about score and forget about it by the time we finish. Therefore, prizes are completely optional and not a big deal.
Remember to keep it fun and moving along. The important thing is the chance for the kids to hear information one more time. Our instructors gage student reactions and clarify or review on the spot only as needed to make sure everyone understands.