Tap Light Jeopardy (all grades)
Review information / Drill and practice
Materials and Preparation:
Tap light (can be found for a couple dollars at drug
stores). Runs on a battery and lights up when you tap
- Turn off some or all the lights in the room to add
to the drama. Place the taplight on a table at the front
of the room.
- The class is divided into two teams. One player from
each team is called up.
- Audience team members may NOT make a sound until the
answer is given; then they may cheer gleefully.
- Players rest their hands on the edge of the table
until the question is given. Use content area questions,
vocabulary word or definition(students answer with the
word or def.), spelling words (to spell), math facts
to answer, ANYTHING!
- The first student to tap the light gives their answer.
- After a question, one new player from each team is
Correct answer gets a point for their team. Incorrect
answer passes to the other player and they get to answer
it for the point. Questions answered incorrectly by both
teams, the teacher gives the correct answer and the question
gets put back and may come up again.(students learn quickly
to REMEMBER the missed ones!)
Switch categories in the middle for extended play.
Teacher: 4 X 12
Contestant 1 hits the light first, turning it on and teacher
signals the student to answer.
Contestant 1 (Team 1): 36
Teacher: I'm sorry that is incorrect. Contestant 2?
Contestant 2 (Team 2): 48!
One point given to Team 2.
Comments or Variations:
This game is catching on throughout my grade level; the
kids go crazy for it. I have all the student's names on
popsicle sticks and quickly grab half to make 2 teams.
I keep them in two piles and pick one stick from each
to call up the 'contestants' to avoid bickering over who
is next. Even shy students get caught up in the excitement
and 'ok' being up front (especially with the lights dimmed).