The Benefits of Reviewing the Day Before a Math Quiz

The Benefits of Reviewing the Day Before a Math Quiz

Math is challenging for many students as they progress through upper elementary. Even as a teacher it’s challenging for me, which is why I’ve spent so much of my career focusing on learning ways to make math engaging and meaningful. Spending an extra day reviewing before a math quiz is something I always penciled into my plans.

More specifically, I’d use Review Bowl game shows to study with my students. These games are a fun way to review for a math assessment – whether you’re giving students an end of unit quiz or reviewing for state testing. Below are reasons teachers and students love these games.

Engagement and Motivation

Students beg to play these games no matter what their level of understanding of a concept is. With a game over a worksheet for review, students are more willing to participate and pay attention.

4th Grade Math Review Game

It’s easy for all students to participate and be engaged during the games. Learn more about how Review Bowl math game shows work.

Opportunity for Reflection

Math review allows students to see which topics or skills they need more clarification on before taking a quiz. Hands down, kids would rather play a game than do a worksheet any day. After every question, I reviewed how to solve the problem with the whole class so the students who got it wrong could see the process.

Cooperative Learning

While playing Review Bowl, students work in small teams. When solving problems, they can compare answers with their peers. Those who need some extra clarification can get that coaching from their teammates. The bonus here is that the coaches are getting extra practice solidifying their understanding of the skills.

Stress-free Fun

Friendly competition is fun. (If it’s not friendly, it’s not fun.) I was very clear about this with my students and did not tolerate behavior that was over-competitive or mean toward others. (I rarely had issues with this.) Your students will love being able to work collaboratively with others to practice math skills!

3rd Grade Math Review Game

No Prep + No Worksheets = Win!

With daily practice, homework, and quizzes all being worksheet-based, it’s a treat to get to do something “out of the ordinary.” Using a whole class game show like Review Bowls helped mix things up and allowed students time away from worksheets.


What Other Teachers Think About Review Bowl Games

Fractions and Decimals Game Show | 4th Grade

My students love playing Jeopardy as a review game. This was great to use when reviewing for state testing. Super resource! Thank you!

– Krista M.
Area and Perimeter Review Bowl
Multiply and Divide Fractions Review Bowl

Add and Subtract Decimals Game Show | 5th Grade

My students absolutely love this review game. I’ve tried others and none of them quite get the level of engagement that this game has. The thing I love about this game is it is a “no opt-out” game. Everyone participates, even if you’re not in the “hot seat”. I will be getting every one of these review games for my 5th graders this year.

– Mrs. G

Ratios and Rates Game Show | 6th Grade

This was the perfect review activity. We use Illustrative Mathematics and my students did very well in their assessment after this activity. Thank you!!

– Megan W.
Functions and Inequalities Review Bowl

Try a Review Bowl Math Game for Free

Free Review Bowl Game Show

If you want to give the best math review a try with your students, I have 3 complete Review Bowl game shows available for free. Click the pink button below, and you’ll get access to the three activities listed here:

  • Patterns, Sequences, and Line Plots Game Show | 4th Grade
  • Fractions as Division Game Show | 5th Grade
  • Area Game Show | 6th Grade

The Benefits of Reviewing the Day Before a Math Quiz