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Any Subject Jeopardy (all grades)


Author: Patti Anderson, Westerly Hills Elementary, North Carolina


Subject: Any


Objective: Recalling Facts about any subject


Materials and Preparation: I use a (sentence strip) pocket chart and 3x5 note cards. For the older students, use the answer format (they have to phrase the "answer" as a question), but this is too hard for younger students.


I make however many question cards as I need with anwers on the back. Along with the answer on the back, I determine how hard the question is. An easy answer is a 100 card. The harder they are, the higher the number. You need 3 - 100 cards, 3 - 200 cards, etc. A good number of cards to make is 12 - 15. There are three colums of cards. Place all the cards on the pocket chart, in three columns. Place the 100 cards in the first row, the 200 cards in the second row, etc. You can place 4 - 5 cards in each column. I place 3 cards at the top of each column (I label them A B C but you can get creative). I make another set of cards labeled 100, 200, 300 etc. These are placed on top of the question cards. The first row has 100 placed over them, the second row has 200, etc.


Student Grouping: Two Teams


The Play:

  1. The class is divided into 2 teams. I put team 1 and team 2 on the board, so we can keep score. The students rotate turns so that everyone gets to play.

  2. The "play" goes from one team then over to the other team - alternating questions. Team 1 player chooses a column (ie:column B) and a number (200). Remind the students that the higher the number, the harder the question will be.

  3. The teacher asks the question.

    • If the students gives the right answer in a set amount of time, they get points for their team.

    • If the students gets the wrong answer, the same question goes over to the player on the other team.

    • If both players get it wrong, no points are awarded.

  4. You can choose to place it back on the board, or not. The question only gets asked to both teams once. The next student chooses a card, etc.


Scoring: If a student gets a 100 card correct, I give 1 point to that team. If they get a 400 card correct, they get 4 points for their team. I play until all the cards are used up and the team with the highest score wins.



I'm a music teacher, so I've used this for composer questions, music history, instruments, etc. As a music teacher, you can even do it with sight reading - the student has to sight read the card to get points. For other subjects, make up questions for anything you're studying - science units, history units, math problems, grammar, reading comprehension.


Comments or Variations:

My kids absolutely love this game and they never get tired of it. You will need at least 20 minutes, depending on the difficulty of the questions and the amount of cards you use. For storing the cards, I place the question cards in an envelope and label it (ie: Beethoven). I also keep a second envelop to put the columns (A, B, C) and points (100, 200, 300) cards in. Also, whenever playing team games, I tell them I will sometimes give a point to teams that rotate players quietly, or don't talk during the game. And anyone who shouts out (or whispers) an answer when it's not their turn, will lose a point for their team. Once you enforce these rules, the game is played very nicely from then on.


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