Grade Level: Any
or Preview of any skill in any subject
Time: This can take anywhere from 20 minutes to
Describe the activity below.
To make your Jeopardy game board, you need a piece of poster
board of any color and 21 library book pockets. Label the top of your poster board
“Jeopardy!!” Make three rows of pockets
underneath the title. Glue them
down. Label the first row of pockets
$10. Label the second row of pockets $20
and the third row $30. Laminate your
poster and use a razor to slice open the lamination along each pocket. Your board is ready.
21 questions of varying difficulty.
need seven $10 questions (such as simple recall questions like
$20 questions (such as comprehension questions over written material in
- seven $30 (critical thinking questions to apply
You can use index cards if you want
to save the cards for future use. You
can also use slips of paper. It doesn’t
The questions you use may be
preview questions to find out what your students already know about a certain
could be from a chapter or lesson review or test.
There are great places on line that
can give you great questions. www.quia.com is a great place to search by
is a classroom teacher’s website where he has created several online Jeopardy
games that he calls Sciencegy games. He
has them listed by subject under his Fun stuff page link.
Place your questions in the pockets and you are ready to go!
There are several variations on the game:
your class into 2 or more groups.
Call them up by turn and have them pull a card. They read the question and try to earn
their team the number of dollars by answering correctly. Talley the dollars on the board. This option is one of my least favorite
because only one child is actively involved at a time.
option is to have all students keep track of their answers on a sheet of
notebook paper that will be turned in at the end of the game. This makes them all accountable for
paying attention during the course of the game.
favorite option is to pass out lapboards to all of the students. When the one student is at the board, he
reads his question, but does not give his verbal answer until everyone at
their seats has written their answer on their lapboard and covered their
answer. When the student at the
board gives his answer, you have several options.
- If he gets it right, his team gets his
points. Then his teammates show
their boards and you can award the team extra points for each correct
he gets it wrong, you can turn the question over to the next team. Who ever is supposed to go next shows
his board. If he is correct, he
gets the points and can add any correct answers from his team.
if he gets it wrong you could, instead of turning it over to the other
team, check his teammate’s answers and give them the points for their
correct answers. By awarding extra points for the rest of the team’s correct
answers, you avoid contention on the team for one of the players
“blowing” their shot of winning.
Another thing that I like to do is have my questions on a
transparency so I can show the current question to the entire class. It is a great way to focus their
attention. It is also very handy if you
use multiple choice questions. The
students need to be able to see their answer choices instead of just hearing
I’ve used this to:
for fieldtrips – they can know what to look for on the trip (many places
have pre-fieldtrip guides if you ask)
for Science and Social Studies tests (put similar questions that’ll be on
and retell reading stories (story elements, comprehension questions)
- go over English skills (eg. Sentence types, correct sentences, parts
over Math skills (simple computation or word problems to more complex)
(simple to more difficult)
I also believe in rewarding each student at the conclusion
of the game. A piece of bubblegum or small
piece of candy and they are thrilled!