California Countdown (Grades 4-12)
Test Review and Teamwork.
Materials and Preparation:
Prepare two types of questions appropriate to the subject
area, “Toss-Up” questions and “Bonus”
questions. “Toss-Up” questions should require
accuracy and speed. They may reflect your tests’
true/false questions, fill-in, multiple choice and short
answer. “Bonus” questions, since they may
be answered by the total team, may require lengthy answers
involving cause and effect and detailed explanations.
2 teams, each with a captain.
Ask a “Toss-Up” question. The first hand
up on either team is allowed to answer the question.
An incorrect answer costs the team 5 points, and
a student from the other team gets a chance to answer
If answered correctly, the team gets 10 points and
a chance at a “Bonus” question.
A “Bonus” question may be answered by
the team’s captain after discussion with the
team. A correct answer is worth 20 points. There is
no penalty for an incorrect answer.
10 points for a correctly answered “Toss-Up”
5 points penalty for incorrect answer to “Toss-Up”
20 points for correctly answered “Bonus”
Comments or Variations:
Student enthusiasm for this variant of College Bowl is
unbelievable. After students become familiar with the
appropriate types of questions, have each student write
4 good “Toss-Up” and 4 “Bonus”
questions with answers and reference page numbers if necessary.