AQA GCSE Business Unit 1&2 Thinking Skills Bingo - Network Licence
Thinking skills bingo is a powerful activity that can be used as a plenary or starter for topics that have previously been taught or to get students thinking about topics that have not yet been fully delivered. It adds pace and variety to a lesson and can help promote discussion as well as developing students skills of knowledge, application and evaluation in a fun and engaging way. This game consists of 41 activities covering key elements of the externally-assessed AQA GCSE Business Studies specification covering Unit 1 (Starting a Business) and Unit 2 (Growing a Business).
TEACHING & LEARNING STRATEGIES for THINKING SKILLS BINGO
Thinking skills bingo is excellent for diagnostic assessment as the teacher can check on students understanding of the topic as they are completing their bingo grid. After each answer is revealed, the teacher can explore the answer in more detail via questioning the students. As they are waiting for the next ball to be revealed you have an engaged audience. After all 9 answers have been revealed, it is important to ask students if they had anything different on their sheets as this promotes further understanding and allows the teacher to clear up any misconceptions.
A powerful feature of this game is the ability to change the order in which the answers are revealed. So, an excellent strategy is to say to students that the first 3 balls out will be the 3 most important points/ areas of that topic. This forces students to think of which they believe are the most important points and put these together in a line. This is also excellent for differentiation for students who may not be aware of 9 key issues relating to that particular topic
Another teaching and learning strategy is to leave the balls/ answers on the board and then give students a question on an area of that topic asking them to use some of the key points that have just been discussed within their response
Finally, some of the games can be played with very little prior knowledge of the topic. For example, the teacher could introduce on-the job training and use bingo to get students thinking about the benefits and drawbacks