Review Game: Stump the Expert

February 15, 2023 1 Comment

I don’t know about you, but engaging my students is getting harder and harder. It is the time o the year, when behaviors are increasing, they are getting tired of the same old activities, students are feeling done with the year and nothing is working as well as it once did.

We are also starting to review for our state tests. I love to use review games to engage and excite my students while ensuring they are focused and learning.

Over the next few weeks, I will share some of my favorite review games with you.

Stump the Expert

This is a game I tried for the first time this year. I am so glad I did. Anytime my students can be the expert, I have them hooked. Let’s be honest, they all think they are experts on everything, right?


The teacher chooses five “experts” to go to the front of the room. They can eat sit or stand at the front of the room facing the class. Every student in the class has a whiteboard and marker.

The teacher asks a question. This game works in any subject, on any topic and in any grade. It is easily adaptable.

ALL students write the answer to the question on the white board.

After a set period of time, the teacher asks the experts to show their board. If the expert got the answer correct, they can remain an expert. If they got it incorrect, they now sit down.

The teacher then chooses someone else who got it right from the class to become an expert.

Additional Information

To help avoid having one student be an expert for the entire game, you could set it that someone can only be an expert for 3 or 5 turns. Whatever you want.

You can post the questions on the board so all students can access them.

You could change the number of experts to best fit your class.

So tell me….have you played this game? Are you going to try it? I have created a FREE ELA Test Prep Stump the Expert Game on Google Slides. This is 100% editable and includes directions on how to play. I would love to hear if you end up trying it in your classroom!

Jennifer Marchione

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