Some colleagues of mine showed me a great way to have the kids review. They made puzzles that were four squares by four squares cut in half diagonally to make triangles. On one side of each line is a clue, the other side is the answer. I thought this was a great idea, but I couldn't shake the thought that there is no way for the kids to check their answers. All the triangles fit together into the same final shape with a million different possibilities.
So, like with many things, I tweaked it.
I still used triangles, but I didn't make them form together into lines of squares. The triangles were all oddly shaped and sized so that they would only fit together in one way.
I had the kids each make one. I told them they could do vocabulary (English/French), verb conjugations (subjects/verbs), or clues (you smell out of this/le nez). They handed them in so I could check to make sure they were accurate. I then handed them back and had them cut them apart. They traded with partners and put them together. It worked out great! It gave them a chance to review what we're learning. I found that many kids did much more than just translations, which was great. But even translations gave them a chance to practice vocab.
The cool thing about this is it can be used with just about anything. Teaching match (problem on one side, answer on the other), teaching vocabulary, parts of speech, dates, historical figures...you name it!
Here is an example of a finished puzzle put back together:
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