One of my childhood memories is my grandmother loving bingo. Twenty [or so?] years later and I have stolen this idea and replicated it in my lessons as an effective plenary or revision exercise.
This was taken from the people bingo idea which has been often used as an icebreaker and now used to check knowledge rather than get to know each other. Here each student is given a bingo card on which there are 16 or so squares which they must fill in. To fill the square in they must acquire the knowledge asked for in each square by someone else. In each square they must fill in the name of the person who gave them that knowledge. The knowledge can be given in different ways – for example in a jingle or an acrostic – to add a twist. Give the students no more than ten minutes to ask each other the questions from the bingo card and set a limitation on the fact that they must ask at least ten different people for the information rather than just ask one or two of their friends. In the debriefing of the task, students then nominate other people to answer each question in accordance to who they filled in in their bingo card.
Good fun and an interesting way of getting students to collaborate and share information.
Please find some examples of bingo cards below