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Grudgeball

Looks like pinning pins on Pinterest paid off (love that alliteration)!  I found a great game called Grudgeball that I decided to try with my classes.  Anything that involves throwing a ball is usually a hit with middle schoolers.  We had a colon and semi-colon test coming up, so I thought the game would be a good way to review.
     Students were broken up into teams. Each group started off with ten Xs on the board.    I created a review on Kahoot (one of my favorite sites) and projected the questions on the big screen.          Everyone could see the question, but only one group at a time could answer.  Students passed a Chromebook from group to group to answer the question.  If they got it right, they got to erase two Xs off another team's score.  Then, they got to shoot a basket from either the two point or three point line.  If they made it from the two point line, they could erase two more Xs, and if they made it from the three point line, three more Xs.  The team with the most Xs at the end won!  Let me just say that there is a reason the game is called Grudgeball.  These kids are competitive!
Discussing the Question
Trying to Score
Erasing Xs
Looking at the Screen

One of our Questions-Love how I can Personalize the Questions!


So, how did the kids do on the final test?  Overall, they did great.       It was so exciting to see kids go from a 20% on a pretest, to 100% on the final test.  Again, what I love about Noredink is that it is individualized.  If students ace the pretest, they are  done!  They don't have to complete worksheets or take notes  on something they've already mastered!  If not, I can provide tons of additional practice on  Noredink for the students to complete before the test!  Of course, if a student doesn't do the practice, his grade reflects it.
     I can't believe the semester is almost over.  The longer I teach, the faster the years fly by.  This year has been awesome!  







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