Our curriculum includes important diagrams — parts of a leaf, rock cycle, layers of the sun, etc. As a quick review we do an activity I call “Five by Five.” The students work in groups of five. When I ring a bell, the first student begins to draw and label the diagram. After one minute I ring the bell again, and the first student passes the paper to the next student. Students offer encouragement and helpful hints, but only designated students may work on the diagram during their minute. The process continues for five minutes. The table with the best diagram gets a small prize.
This is an effective review. It is quick, non-threatening and fun. For the teacher, it doesn’t require any preparation or grading! The technique works for almost any grade or subject matter.