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Friendly Feud


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  • K-12

Brief Description

Adapt the "Family Feud" TV game to review any subject or reinforce any skill.


Students will

  • review or reinforce knowledge and skills by playing a classroom game.
  • play by the rules and show courtesy to members of their team and opposing team(s).


game, review, family, reinforcement, skill

Materials Needed

  • teacher-prepared questions related to a topic of study or review (See ideas below for adapting this game to almost any curriculum topic or subject area.)

Lesson Plan

"Friendly Feud" is an adaptation of the Family Feud game show students might see on television. The game is easy to adapt to almost any subject or curriculum topic; see the Adapt the Game section at the bottom of this activity for a handful of ideas.

Start the game by arranging students into teams of four or five players. Determine the sequence in which teams will play. Determine the sequence in which the players on each team will play. Have each team appoint a captain who will act as the team's final-decision maker and spokesperson.

After the teams are organized, prepare to pose the first question of the game (or appoint a student emcee to pose questions). In the first round, the captain of each team will be the only one who can answer the question. Read aloud the first question; call on the team captain who raises his or her hand first to answer the question. To earn a point, that captain must correctly answer the question within 5 seconds. If the captain who was called on does not answer the question within the time limit or if he or she gives an incorrect answer, the next team can "steal" the question. Members of that team can talk among themselves, then they must agree on the correct answer. The captain serves as spokesperson for the team. If the captain says the correct answer, his or her team earns the point. If the answer is incorrect, the next team has a chance to steal the question and earn the point, and so on.

The team that correctly answers the question earns the first chance to answer the next question -- which is posed to the second player on the team. An incorrect answer passes the question to the second player on the next team. A correct answer earns another point for the team and the first chance to answer the next question, which is posed to the third player on the team. The team can keep earning points until team members get a wrong answer or do not respond within the time limit.

At the end of the game, the team with the most points is the winner of "Friendly Feud."

Adapt the Game
This game can be adapted easily to almost any curriculum topic, subject area, or skill. For example

  • If you are teaching grammar, you might provide sentences (displayed on a chart or an overhead transparency) and have students find an error (Bob and me went to the library after school.), choose the correct form of a verb (Suzie was, were the president of the class.), identify the noun(s) (She left yesterday for a vacation along the shore.), and so on.
  • If you are teaching math, questions might involve performing calculations, solving word problems, identifying a missing number in a number sequence, solving greater-than or less-than problems, and so on.
  • The game easily can be adapted as a spelling game. Simply provide a word and see which team is the first to correctly spell it.
  • If you teach history or social studies, students might choose from among three dates the one associated with a famous event in history, match a president's name to a fact about him, identify the capital or continent of a country, and so on.


End the activity with a quiz that includes ten of the questions posed in the game. Students should correctly answer at least 8 of the 10 questions.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

The game can be adapted to support a wide variety of national standards.

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