Solving Multi-Step Equations Jeopardy:
This Jeopardy style game is a really fun group classroom activity! Students will solve multi-step equations by combining like terms, using the distributive property, and solving story problems. This Jeopardy game allows the teacher to keep score on the game and has timers for each slide! *This file is in PowerPoint form.
- Divide the students into groups - I typically prefer to have 4 groups but you may have up to 5. Open the PowerPoint presentation then click on the slideshow tab and select the start slideshow from beginning. When the title slide opens up click on ‘Click here to begin the game’.
- You have 4 categories: ‘Combining Like Terms', ‘Distributive Property', ‘Mixed Bag' (solving a variety of equations), and ‘Story Problems'. Students will select what category and the level of difficulty (the higher the point value, the more difficult the problem).
- Click on the number in the middle of the category you want to select and it will take you to the appropriate slide. Have students work on the problem within their group. (Teacher Tip: I require that every student attempt the problem within the group and then choose their final answer amongst the group's work).
- There is a timer near the bottom of each slide. I set the easier slides for 1 minute and the more difficult ones for 2 minutes. You may allow more time as you deem necessary. The timer will slowly fade away as the time clicks down. Time is up when the time has completely disappeared.
- Once the time is up, you must click on the slide to see the answer. To get back to the game board, click on the home icon at the bottom of the slide. You will know that a question has already been viewed because the number will change colors from blue to white.
- Remember to record the points that each group earns. There is a place for this on the Jeopardy homepage.
- There is a 'Daily Double' slide (the students do not know where it's located. They can wager as many points as they choose. It is up to you if you want to let them go into the negatives if they want to wager more points than they currently have.
- The 'Final Jeopardy' slide is saved for the end of the game. Just like in the real Jeopardy game, teams may wager as much or as little as they want, however, I don't let groups wager more points than they have.
***Teacher Tip: I allow other groups to ‘steal’ the problem if the original group was incorrect. I only award them half the points so no group pulls too far ahead. This is also a way for all students to review each problem.
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