28 September 2010


Jeopardy, based on the American game show, is an easy game because you don't need a lot of props.


* Chalkboard, white board, or laminated grid
* List of categories (5-6)
* List of questions
* Paper or individual white boards for each team
Set up
Draw a 5x5 or 6x5 grid on the board (depending on how many categories you have). If you plan to play this a lot, you can draw the grid on a large piece of poster board, laminate it, and then use erasable markers so that you can reuse it.

Write the categories in the top row of squares, and then point values: 100 in the first row below the categories, 200 in the second row, up to 500 in the bottom row (see sample grid, below).

Prepare a list of questions for each category based on point values - easy questions for the low points, hard questions for the high points.

Divide the class into 4 or 5 teams and make sure each team has something to write on and with.

How to play

A member of the first team picks a category and point value (e.g., Animals, 100 points). The teacher reads out the question or statement, and each team writes down the answer on their white board or paper. Teacher gives that point value to each team that has the correct answer, and erases or crosses that category/point value from the grid.

A student from one of the teams with the right answer gets to choose the next category and point value.

Variations and ideas

Use for verb practice / conjugations, vocabulary, sentence building, negation, etc.

Have the students make up the questions.

To increase the competition, you can give each team a bell - only the team that rings the bell first gets the points if they are correct. If they don't have the right answer, the next team can try.

You can even be more like real Jeopardy by requiring answers in the form of a question.

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