BY BILL FERRIS
As schools move away from rote memorization of facts, what happens to those kids who like to rattle off the state capitals or list all the presidents? They can put their knowledge of educational trivia to good use at Sporcle, a site filled with countless list-style quizzes that will exercise kids’ knowledge of…well, just about everything.
You’ll notice Sporcle has a lot of quizzes that have nothing to do with educating our children, unless listing the NFL rushing leaders or naming characters on The Simpsons is part of your state’s standard course of study. You can safely ignore those and skip to quizzes with more classroom appeal, such as naming all of the three-letter body parts, listing the most-common English words, or naming all the states without an “a” in their names (in only two minutes, to boot). To add to the challenge, each quiz has a time limit, some of which are pretty aggressive. Ever played the Instructify-favorite 50 States in 10 Minutes? Sporcle has dozens of games like that.
If you’d like to use these quizzes for a test review, you can create a Sporcle account and start building quizzes of your own. These quizzes might also be good warm-ups to begin the class period. And once you see it for yourself, you’ll realize that Sporcle is an absolutely fantastic way to eat up your entire planning period while trying to list the elements in the periodic table.