Louis Mangione

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October 2016 Strategy of the Month

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Interactive Lecture: Bingo

Lecture is a very powerful instructional tool. There are many strategies that that can be used before, during and after a lecture that can enhance student understanding, attention, and retention. This month’s strategy offers an idea that can increase student focus during a lecture, and rest assured, you do not need to make 30 different Bingo grids


  • With your lecture in mind, list key words, ideas, people, events, vocabulary, or images, that represent important information and teaching points in your lecture.
  • Create a 4X4, 5X5 or 6X6 table. Extend the cells so that you have a bingo grid with 1 to 2 square inch boxes
  • Place into each box the items rom your created list. This grid of boxes can contain words, phrases, symbols, numbers, images, or a combination of these.
  • This is your Master Grid. Make as many copies of this as you need for the number of your students.

Before the lecture:

  • Have students cut along the grid lines in order to make individual squares (cards).
  • Students mix or shuffle the cards.
  • Students then place the cards on their desk face up in a 4X4 or 5X5 grid. All grids will be different.


During the lecture:

  • As students listen to the lecture, they listen for the information on the cards.
  • When a word is said, students turn that corresponding card face down.
  • A student wins Bingo, when they have 4 or 5 cards in a row, face down.
  • Students must confirm their Bingo by turning over their cards and explaining each item’s significance to the lecture topic.

After the lecture:

  • Students place cards in a letter envelope that has two holes punched through it (on the closing flap)
  •  Students close  this envelope in their binder in order to use them for other exercises, review and.or test prep.

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