I love taking games that I played as a child and finding ways to turn them into review games for the classroom. One of those games that is easy to turn into classroom review is the dot and box game. You remember it? You have a grid of dots and each person takes a turn placing a horizontal or vertical line between two adjacent dots. When one of the lines forms a completed square, that player gets to put their initial in the square. The player that has the most squares with their initials at the end, wins! With a few adjustments, this is a quick, inexpensive game you can bring into your classroom to bring life to your review sessions.
Why not try it out?
Dot Board Review
Objective: Answer questions and create squares on the dot board.
Number of Students: 2 Individuals or 2 to 4 Teams
40+ review questions
Marker board and markers
Draw 25 dots in a square on the marker board. 5 dots per line.
Divide the class into teams.
How to Play:
Determine which team will go first.
Ask that team a review question, allow them 30 seconds to discuss, and then call for an answer.
If answered correctly, they may go to the board and draw a horizontal or vertical line that connects two of the dots. Allow the team only 10 seconds to decide where to place the line.
If the question was answered incorrectly, they may not draw a line.
Play then moves to the next team.
Ask that team a question, allow 30 seconds to discuss, and then call for an answer.
If correct, that team may go to the board and draw a horizontal or vertical line that connects two of the dots.
When drawing the line on the board, if the line drawn makes a square, that team will write their team number in the square. They may then draw a bonus line (without answering a question). If the second line makes a square, they may write their number in that box. They may continue as long as each line drawn makes a square. Once the line they draw does not make another square, play moves on to the next team.
Play continues until no more lines can be drawn on the board.
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.