A New Way to Review with Kahoot! Your Students will Love!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 / 6 comments
A New Way to Review with Kahoot Your Students will Love!

Are you familiar with Kahoot!? If not, you definitely need to check it out. According to its website, Kahoot! is "a free game-based learning platform for teachers of awesome and classroom superheroes." (How great is that?)

For the most part, I use it in my classroom to review for upcoming tests. My students love that they get to use their cell phones and I love the versatility of Kahoot!'s games and that I don't have to be the one who determines which student answered the fastest. 

This week, however, I came up with a new way to use the Kahoot! quiz game with my high-school students and I wanted to share it with you because they LOVED it! Check this out!

That's a bunch of high-school seniors eagerly reviewing for an upcoming test!

So what did I do differently to create such a buzz? I called it Kahoot! Madness!!! Here were the steps:

Step 1: Make them do the work

Instead of creating one Kahoot! quiz the entire class took to review, I had them work in groups. Each group created a 10-question quiz about the material we'd been studying. We discussed making questions that were challenging, but not impossible. I stated that I would act as referee, calling foul if questions were too hard or too off topic (I threatened to award additional points to the opposite team if this occurred, but it never happened). 

Step 2: Kahoot! Madness!!! Brackets

My class had eight groups of 4, so I created a bracket system by randomly assigning each group a number. In the first round, Group 1 would compete against Group 2, Group 3 versus Group 4, and so on. The four winning teams earned an extra credit point on their test. In the second round, four teams competed and the winning two teams earned another extra credit point. Finally, the last two teams competed. The winning team ended the day with three bonus points on their upcoming test. 

A New Way to Review with Kahoot! Your Students will Love! 
Here's a super-simple graphic organizer to help you visualize it.

Step 3: Rules of the Game

I wanted to make sure all members of the team were involved, but that the game was simple enough and fast enough so that we could get through all the rounds in one class period. One group presented their game first. The competing group chose one team member to be the answerer, but the entire team helped pick the correct response. When they had completed all 10 questions they wrote down their score and then the teams switched roles. When the competing group had completed their 10 questions, the team with the highest score progressed to the next round.

Step 4: What to do with the Losers

I use the word "losers" with love because it's what my students' called themselves when they asked me what they should do. "We're losers...what are we supposed to do now?" I wanted them engaged and learning...but technically, they're game time was over. I decided to give them an opportunity to win some extra credit as well by choosing a team and cheering it on. The rules were simple - choose one team only, stand behind them so I know you're giving them your support, no moving once the game has started. The non-playing students really liked the idea of still having a chance to win some bonus points and the room started to take on a very fun, competitive vibe!

Forgive the lighting. What is soothing and calming in real life makes for terrible lighting for photos!

Step 5: Shh! Don't Tell Them It's Good for Them

By the time we ran through the three rounds of games we had taken up almost the entire 55 minute class period. Instead of seeing one set of questions about the topic, the students had seen at least six different review quizzes. They had helped each other, collaborated, cheered each other on, and - for the most part, walked away from the day with some extra credit on their test. Most importantly, they had enjoyed an entire class period of learning/reviewing and had no idea how much reviewing they had actually done!

Please give this a try the next time you're planning a review then come back and let me know how it goes!

And many, many thanks to the awesome people at Kahoot! for their amazing resource!


  1. I really like this! Going to try it before my next test.

    1. That's awesome! Be sure to stop back and let me know how it goes!

  2. Can the kids create a kahoot on the site, or do they submit the questions to you to type in?

    1. Great question! I make the students create their OWN Kahoot in groups - then they give that Kahoot to another team of their classmates and they take that group's Kahoot.

  3. Here you talk about students love review. I read this post more times. It is really great post. I love this post and share with my all friends. I need another post from you.


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