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PowerPoint Jeopardy in the Classroom

by Kelly Walsh on December 2, 2009

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A great way to have some fun and reinforce learning in the classroom (or at home).

Over the long holiday weekend, I made it a point to have some fun with my kids, and the idea came to me to search online to see if I could find a Jeopardy game that would allow me to create my own categories and questions. I found the documents below on the James Madison University web site (thanks JMU!), which let me easily create a Jeopardy game using PowerPoint.

It took a little time to come up with 50 answers and enter them in the templates, but the result (playing the game!) was a lot of fun. It’s easy to envision this being useful and fun in a classroom setting, for students old enough to be comfortable with the “answer and question” format (probably grades 4 – 12+). 

Some considerations to keep in mind would include:

  • Be a little creative about breaking out of the three-player structure, to let everyone enjoy the fun, or create small groups to create and play their own games.
  • Plan how you will simulate the “buzzer” - that is, how you will decide which player gets to respond to each clue first (we went with the first to put up their hand after the question was asked, but there was a fair amount of squabbling over who was first each time, and whether someone put up their hand before the question was finished, etc.).
  • Presenting this through a projector would be nice, or on an Interactive Whiteboard.
  • Be sure to have a Final Jeopardy question prepared (there is no template for this).

The web page with the templates and simple instructions is here: http://www.jmu.edu/madison/teacher/jeopardy/jeopardy.htm. PowerPoint Templates are provided for the ‘regular’ Jeopardy round and for the ‘double Jeopardy’ round, along with some supportive documents.

[ED NOTE: As of Aug 2011, the above template link isn't working any longer, so I dug up a few others:

Here's a few replacements to try out - some are blank, some are pre-filled:
 
 
Hope one or more of these work well for you! Please drop a comment if you have any feedback on these or others. Thanks!- KW 8/19/11]

 

Go ahead – take a couple minutes to give it a look, and consider trying it in your classroom, it could be fun!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
7 Free Online Educational Game Sites (Help Kids Keep School Skills Sharp During Summer)
10 Free Educational Game Sites

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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Joanne August 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This link is no longer valid. Could someone please re post it? Or does someone have a Jeopardy Template

Loretta December 10, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I have previously played Jeopardy in the classroom but used index cards instead. What a drag taping them onto a posterboard and flipping up each card!

Now the templates are such a timesaver and so much more engaging. Thanks for the great info.

tanya December 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Ironically, I just created a similar template over the weekend! If I’d known there was already one out there….oh well. :)

I’m using it for a college intro-level final exam review session. We’re only doing the first round of 25, and I’m putting them in teams and we’ll go with first hand up, I think. Thanks for this!

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