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 haveÂ someÂ fun with my kids, and the idea came to me to searchÂ online to see if I could find a Jeopardy game that would allow meÂ to create my own categories and questions.Â I foundÂ the documents below on the James Madison University web site (thanks JMU!), which let meÂ easily create a Jeopardy game using PowerPoint.
It took a little timeÂ 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+).Â
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.
- PlanÂ how you willÂ simulateÂ the “buzzer”Â – that is, howÂ you will decide which player gets to respond to each clue firstÂ (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 theÂ templates and simple instructions is here: http://www.jmu.edu/madison/teacher/jeopardy/jeopardy.htm. PowerPoint Templates are providedÂ for the ‘regular' JeopardyÂ round andÂ for the ‘double Jeopardy' round, along with someÂ supportive documents.
[ED NOTE: As of Aug 2011, the above template link isn't working any longer, so I dug up a few others:
Go ahead – take a couple minutes to give it a look, and considerÂ trying it in your classroom, it could be fun!
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