A ridiculously fun review game, if you can trust your kids not to get overexcited and hit their human buzzer a little too hard. This is also fun for a larger class. Very good for days when you have a lot of material to review, especially before a big test.
Before class, prepare a list of review questions. You’ll need a lot – two to three questions for every student in the class, if you want everyone to get a turn at the buzzer.
To set up the game, divide the class into two to six teams. Place one chair per team at the front of the class, facing the class. Two people from each team can play at a time. One person, the human buzzer, sits in the chair. The other person, the contestant, stands behind the human buzzer. The buzzer’s role is to make a noise indicating that their contestant can answer the question. The contestant then answers.
When the teacher asks a question, the contestants have to push their buzzer by patting the human buzzer on the head. Then the buzzer makes a noise (bzz, honk, tweet, whatever – something unique for each team is best) to let the teacher know that the contestant is ready to answer. The contestant whose buzzer “rings” first must answer the question, and the teacher awards points for correct answers.
This would be fun enough on its own, but as the kids get excited, the human buzzers make mistakes and buzz out of turn, forget to buzz, or make the wrong team’s buzzing noise. I make the contestants answer if I hear their team’s buzz, even if it was a “misfire”. Pretty soon the whole class is giggling, and some buzzers will deliberately mess things up for their contestant. Make sure you change roles every few questions, so that each student gets to play both as a contestant and as a buzzer.