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Jeopardy-Style Game

Subjects: This activity can be adapted for many subjects and skills.

Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description

Students use individual whiteboards in this game of review. Included: Activities for building vocabulary, geography, math skills, and more!



  • engage in a fun activity that serves as a review of important material.
  • practice writing questions with proper punctuation.


game, geography, jeopardy, punctuation, question, review, vocabulary

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Lesson Plan

Use this activity to help students review material before a test or simply as a fun time-filler. The activity, based on the TV game show Jeopardy, can be used to review material in any subject and across the grades. The teacher states an "answer" and students write the correct question. As on the TV game, students' responses must be in the form of questions!

Students earn 10 points for each correct answer. You might assign different point values based on the difficulty of the question. Students can keep their own scores or a scorekeeper can be appointed. The scorekeeper could put a checkmark next to each student's name on a class list each time the student responds correctly. At the end of the game, the student with the most checkmarks is declared the winner.

This game can be adapted to almost any area of the curriculum. Following are three ideas for using Whiteboard Jeopardy across the curriculum:

  • Math: Practice multiplication facts by providing a number as the answer. Students write the factors that when multiplied result in that answer. For example, if the Jeopardy clue says "The answer is 36," students might write "What is 6 x 6?" or "What is 9 x 4?"
  • Vocabulary: Build or review vocabulary by providing such clues as "This word is a synonym for easy." Students write "What is simple?" or "What is basic?"
  • Geography: Test students' knowledge of state geography with such clues as "This southwestern state is home to the city of Tucson" (What is Arizona?) or "This state is bordered by eight other states" (What is Missouri?).


The student(s) with the highest score(s) might earn a prize, such as a pass good for a night of no homework or 5 extra points on the next quiz or test.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

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