I recently played Ghosts in the Graveyard with my Algebra 1 students for the first time. Maybe I should rephrase that. I recently played Ghosts in the Graveyard with my students for the first time ever. It's October, so the theme is appropriate. Plus I needed a way to review dependent and independent variables after being out of school five days (three school days plus a weekend) for fall break.
Ghosts in the Graveyard is a review game created by Kim Hughey. She hasn't blogged in years and years, but she still has ton of awesome posts to look through on her blog! Her blogpost has a great summary of how the activity works.
I made eight challenge cards for my students to work through in pairs. The sentences on these cards were taken from worksheets I found online. This is the worksheet I stole from the most.
With this sheet, students were able to start with the challenge number of their choice. I tried playing this game once without a recording sheet like this, and it was quite chaotic.
After each pair would finish a challenge, they would bring it up to my desk to be checked. Since each challenge had three different questions, one of two things would happen. I would tell them that they were all correct and give them a ghost to place in the graveyard, or I would tell them the number of questions that were correct or incorrect. They became very mad at me when I wouldn't tell them exactly which questions were correct or incorrect. It's okay. They lived. And, they were able, usually, to figure it out themselves!
To make giving out ghosts easy on myself, I found a ghost clipart picture and printed it out a zillion times.
I did try playing this with six tombstones once instead of four. It didn't work out nearly as well, but that was also the same game in which I tried playing it in 25 minutes instead of a full 50-minute period. This game really does need a full 45-50 minute period to work well.