We were recently going to do an activity that involved finding the formula for the sum of the interior angles in a polygon.
This required that they know that a few terms beforehand. I wanted a quick way to check their prior knowledge. I didn’t want to do a worksheet. I didn’t want to give a quiz.
So we played Simon Says.
Simon says stand up and face the front of the room.
Turn 90 degrees to the right.
Gotcha, I didn’t say Simon Says.
Simon says turn 180 degrees.
Okay, now face the front of the room (only got one or two that time).
Simon says turn an obtuse angle.
… you get the idea. Toss a few fun things in there too. Like: Simon says hop on your left foot.
We laughed. They moved around a bit. And I knew exactly which terms I needed to review prior to beginning our activity.