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State History Quiz Show

Teacher Lesson


  • Science
  • Social Science


3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description

In this familiar game format, students are provided with answers and asked to supply the correct questions.


Students will

  • play a game to review subject-area content,
  • phrase their responses in the form of a question,
  • score points based on the difficulty of the question,
  • use earned points to supplement quiz or homework grades.


game, review, state, history

Materials Needed

  • sheet of 1/4-inch plywood cut to size
  • clips (fasten to plywood to hold category and answer cards)
  • index cards

Lesson Plan

This Jeopardy-like game can be adapted easily to fit almost any subject. As in the Jeopardy game seen on TV, each card provides an answer -- a piece of information about something discussed in class or something students have read on their own. (Including information obtained outside the classroom encourages students to read independently.)

Before students enter the classroom, prepare index cards with category headings and "answers" relevant to the subject area. On the other side of each answer card, write the appropriate point value from 2 to 10. Set up the game board with the point side of the cards showing. As students come into the classroom, hand each an index card with a number written on it; then go over the basic rules of the game. The game proceeds as follows:

  • Fill a box with numbers that match the numbers students were given as they entered the room. Pull a number from the box and call it out.
  • Have the student whose number is called select a category and a point value.
  • Read the answer for that category and point value, or have the student read the answer. Ask the student to respond with the question that corresponds to the uncovered answer. For example: If the answer reads "The state song of Oklahoma was composed by them," the correct question is "Who were Rodgers and Hammerstein?" If the statement reads "Marshall Heck Thomas shot gang leader Bill Doolin in a historic 1893 shootout in this Oklahoma county," the correct question would be "Where is Payne County?"
  • If the student asks a correct question, award him or her the number of points indicated.
  • If the student asks an incorrect question, draw another number and give the student who holds the new number a chance to respond. Students must pay attention, however; answers are not reread.
  • Five minutes before the end of the game, stop and review the scores, and get ready for the final answer of the day.
  • Everyone plays the final round. Read the final answer and give students 45 seconds to write their final questions on a sheet of scrap paper.

Additional suggestions:

  • Students can play the game as individuals or be arranged into two or more teams.
  • If the game is played individually, each student might earn his or her score in bonus quiz points. If played in teams, each member of the winning team might earn 10 bonus points to use on the next class quiz.
  • If a point is reached at which every number has been called, put all the numbers back in the box and begin calling numbers again.
  • If the game is played in teams, have each team provide a scorekeeper at the start of play. Each scorekeeper should keep a running score of all team scores. To ensure accuracy, have scorekeepers double-check one another's math as play continues.
  • In the final round, every student can present his or her own question or students can put their names on their final questions and pass them to a team captain to read. Teams score 10 points for each correct response.


Students earn bonus points to add on to quiz or homework scores.

Submitted By

Allen Mincher, Seminole High School, Seminole, Oklahoma


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