Summary Ball

A Summary Ball is merely a beachball or other harmless ball that can be tossed about the classroom with relative safety. After the teacher has presented a sufficient amount of information, or after students have read a chapter in their text, this activity can be used as a review.  Students stand around the classroom and the teacher tosses the ball to the first student, who must catch the ball and in 5 seconds state any idea, fact or concept from the lessons.  He/she then tosses the ball to another student who has not yet spoken.  The second student must add something that has not been mentioned. If a student can't add anything from the lesson, he/she still tosses the ball, but must sit down.  Play continues until only one student is left standing.

 

Website on Summary Ball:

Summary Ball

www.newport.k12.ky.us/twf/erunnels/Reading/summarizing/Summary%20Ball.doc



  
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