Great Review Activity - Graffiti Wall

 So you know the sound.. when you say its time to review for a quiz/test and all of the kids groan and mumble...  Not a good sound.  This is just one activity I do every now and then to get rid of those awful sounds.  I've heard it called a few other things but I like to call it a Graffiti Wall.  
 Basically I have a large pile of dry erase markers out.  I give the kids the review topic we're covering.  (In the pictures I told them Geometry and Problem Solving - those were the two topics we were reviewing).  I have them think of ANY word they can that associates with those topics.  They could think of shapes, vocabulary terms, key words, etc.  I call them up 3 at a time.  They get to choose their own color and they write their word on the board.  Here's the fun part.  They get to write it HOWEVER they want!  

They can write up and down, in big letters, small letters, dot letters, bubble letters, in a circle, etc.     You name it - they can do it!  And they LOVE it!  All of the different colors and fonts really make the board come to life!  It looks so great!  :) Also, they are not allowed to repeat any word that someone else has put up.  That a way we get a variety of words and everyone has to be paying attention!
After the Graffiti board is complete - I pair up the students and tell them everyone has to choose 5 words from the board to tell their partner about.  Then the other partner has to choose 5 NEW words to tell their partner about.  They love it!  Then to take it a step further - I keep the Graffiti up until the next day and right before the test to do a quick review I erase one word at a time and we go over it.  The kids love it - they get to be creative - they learn - and we have fun.  What more could we ask for!?


  1. This looks like fun! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE this! I did it in my room and we had so much fun with it! I did it a little differently. We are studying the Road to the Revolution, so I wrote the events out in chronological order on all the boards. Then the kids came up and drew any picture describing what happened. They used captions as well. Some examples are someone drew the Boston Tea Party, while someone else drew the Stamp Act. I ended up taking pictures and leaving it on my webite for review. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea! Love the title, too!

  3. What a great way to review concepts! Thanks for sharing it.
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  4. I'm a little late joining your blog ... but I LOVE this idea for reviewing! What grade do you teach?

  5. Great ideas. Cute blog!!

  6. Hello!
    I used this activity today with my grade 7 Spanish class to review all verbs learned in the unit we are working on (Food unit).

    After each student wrote two related verbs on the board I had them review all verbs in groups for around 5 min.

    Then one by one would come back to the board. I would give them a verb in English and they had to circle it on the board. Then they had to go to the other board (I have 2) and write a complete sentence with that verb. Fun activity!


  7. I adore this activity! My second graders will love this! This is perfect for reviewing, which we are doing today in math because we have end of year testing tomorrow. Woo hooo!

  8. Cute idea, but how do the posters connect to it? Are they part of the activity? I want to try this but want to get it right.


  9. LOVE this!!! What was on the posters?

  10. OK, I made the picture bigger. What blog did you talk about the writing process? Would love to see what you did with the posters. Thanks in advance.

  11. I must say that activity is not only creative but also provide great opportunity to learn. Student should participate in these activities a lot.

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