First, we arranged the desks in a circle in groups of two with a marker placed in the middle of the top of the desks. (The sketch to the right shows seating for 16 students but I had 13 sets of desks to accommodate 26 students. The activity works with large or small numbers.)
Then I used used the activity El Tenedor (The Fork Game) found on Bryan Kandel's website, but made some small changes to the rules and added some (extra) movement by having the students rotate to other seats because I knew that would work well in my class.
There were two teams: students on the inside were one team, and students on the outside of the circle were another team.
I had prepared 20+ true/false statements in the TL about facts from chapters 1-5. Then I read a statement to the students.
1. True statement: students race to grab the marker and hold it up. The team with the most members holding the marker receives 1 point.
2. False statement: students do NOT touch/pick up marker. If nobody on the team touches/picks up marker, the team earns 1 point. (Both teams have the possibility of earning a point.)
3. If it is a false statement and students on both teams hold up the markers, the team with the most number of students holding the marker loses 1 point.
4. If it is a false statement and a student touches the marker and then throws it back, the person sitting opposite of them should stand up (without talking). The team with the student that threw the marker on the desk loses 2 points!
5. After 3 statements, the students on the outside circle rotated clockwise one seat so students had a new person with whom to compete.
They loved this review game! It was engaging, lively, and admittedly a little noisy at times, but sometimes learning is loud. :-)