“Heads down. Thumbs up. It’s time to play 7-Up!”
Yep, this is something that can occasionally be heard in our classroom.
A few eons back, I was wanting to do a quick review, but change-up the typical randomly asking of questions. For some reason this game popped in my head. I’ve used it for a variety of subjects (spelling words, math facts, even 2-digit times 1-digit multiplication – I let them use notebook paper to solve it…the sky’s the limit on concepts to review).
Here’s how we play it (for those that just came out from under a rock, I’ll include all directions on how to play the game). As always, feel free to modify to fit your needs and then share in the comments section below.
7-Up Review Game
- Randomly choose no more than seven students to come to the front of the room. They will be the ones to choose the students that will be selected to answer the review question (they just don’t see it that way, though, which is great…they WANT to be picked).
- The rest of the class will have their heads down on their desk with their thumb up. I tell them to hide their face so I can’t see their eyes. If they peek, they don’t get to play the next round/game.
- When the teacher says, “Heads down. Thumbs up. It’s time to play 7-Up!” those seated put their heads down, and the students at the front of the room will go around and pick one person and tap their thumb (before the game starts, I remind them to tap gently so we don’t break any thumbs).
- When a student’s thumb is tapped, their supposed to put their thumb down, so the others know they’ve been picked already.
- When all the students have picked someone and are back at the front of the room, the teacher will say, “Stand up if you got picked.” Everyone can now sit up for fresh air.
- The teacher will pick one of the chosen students standing to first answer a review question.
- If they answer the question incorrectly, they sit down, and the teacher asks that same question to the next student standing. If they get it correct, that student gets to try to decide who picked them.
- If they guess wrong on who picked them, they sit down, and the teacher goes to the next standing student with a new review question. If they pick correctly, that student takes their place at the front of the room. The student who tapped their thumb sits down for the next round of play.
- Once everyone who was standing has had a chance to answer a question, the game starts all over.
Students love this game. I’ve used it with 3rd and 5th graders, and all of them wanted to keep the game going. It’s a fun, quick way to review concepts using a game they already know the rules to.