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There are review games, and then there are Review Games.

This review game is a variation of the Summarization process we’ve found so helpful in reviewing.

Hexagonal Thinking is a simple strategy for helping students make connections in their learning. A term or idea is written on a hexagon shape and laid on the table. The student then connects another term or idea to the first hexagon by placing the second hexagon adjacent to the first and explaining how the two terms or ideas are connected. A third hexagon with an idea or term is laid out and connected to the two cards already on the table by placing the third hexagon adjacent to one of the other hexagons.

The student placing the hexagon must be able to explain how the info on each of the hexagons at the edge where the hexagons connect to one another.

Alternatively, a student can move a hexagon already played to another place with connections and explain those connections. I expect much rearranging, as this precipitates a great deal of good discussion among the students in the group.

Continue adding terms or concepts on hexagons until students are 1) out of ideas, or 2) or out of possible rearrangements.

My students have told me that they appreciate not only being able to work together to learn and review, but they also like learning structured ways to do so. Hexagonal thinking and summarization provide this structure.

Below are some ways to start using hexagonal thinking in your classroom.

Learning with hexagonal thinking:

- Make small hexagons – print, students cut out, write term on each (from their reading, class notes, whatever) then link them together, as Individuals – do first alone then compare with partner(s)
- Write a set of sample questions for students to use: I connected this to this because… what else do you see to connect them? Is there another way to connect? Is there another reason they are connected? What I would need to see/know to be more convinced is….
- The Hexagonal Thinking Game works well if your students have lists of terms or if they, like my Bio students, make index cards. If not, the game can be played with any size hexagons. (HINT: Laminate the hexagons and let students write on them with dry erase markers.) Give 3-5 students a stack of hexagons. 1st person lays down a hexagon with card they choose as main idea. Next student lays down a hexagon with a card that connects and explains connection. Next student can either: lay down and connect a new term or idea, NOW – the next student can lay down another new card and explain, give another connecting reason for cards already played, or rearrange the hexagons with a new explanation.

After the game, students can make a concept map of the connections.

Here’s a Google doc with various sized of hexagons you can use. The doc will force you to make your own copy.

*My Biology students create an index card for each main idea and vocabulary word we learn throughout the year. When we want to review, we pull out the related cards and play the Hexagonal Thinking Game.

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