Updated: Mar 18
Guest Author - Shane Hill
It’s been a full afternoon, there’s half an hour until the end of the day, your students have just worked their way through some heavy subject matter and everyone is tired. This is the perfect time for a Rocket Review!
Rocket Review is an engaging and fun way to review and reinforce material with your class. It’s gamified revision!
For this activity your students need to work in teams of three to five. The smaller the group the better so all students get a chance to participate. The teams spread out around the edges of the room with a piece of string running from each team to you at the front and centre of the room.
Set Up – Each Team Needs:
A length of heavy-duty string or chord
A cardboard tube (like an old toilet roll if you are allowed to use those)
A bulldog clip
A 30 cm ruler or length of wood
To set up for Rocket Review start by attaching the string or chord to the ruler. By using heavy duty string the chord won’t break and the ruler is for students to roll the string around at the end of the activity to hopefully save knots. It also lets students raise the string up to 30cms above their heads to help them get the rocket to you as quickly as possible.
The cardboard tube is threaded onto the string and the bulldog clip is attached to the front to make the nose cone, weight the tube and allow students to attach their answers to their rocket. It is also good for securing the rolled up string, ruler and tube together at the end of the revision session.
How To Play:
When you ask a question, the team write/draw their answers on a piece of paper, attach it to their rocket with the bulldog clip and send the rocket down the string to you.
For each question, points are awarded to the first three teams to send in the correct answer. You can increase or decrease the number of teams you want to reward for being correct but multiple teams means that the game is competitive yet students have a greater chance of winning whatever positive reward you use in your classroom.