This is a Jeopardy(R) - like game, but due to Jeopardy(R) being a trademarked game show, I call this "Pojardy." Exciting, fun, and can keep your class working together for over an hour!
Check out the preview file, and send me a message if you have any questions. I use this as a review game with my students. It can be used for review of any subject. I have found that the students really remember the questions when we play review games this way.
Depending on how fast you pace this game, it can fit a 45 minute block or extend to a 70 minute block class period. And, the best part is, each student is actively engaged for the entire class period! If we get to the final question (Final Pojardy) before class is over, and there are still questions left unanswered, I sense slight disappointment that the game has to "end."
This game is meant to be played with your entire class (broken into teams.) and meant to be projected onto a big screen by an LCD projector or a Smartboard. See your technology facilitator if you do not have your own projection abilities in your own classroom--they can most likely set you up pretty easily.
You can use this template over and over again to create different Pojardy review games for each test you have coming up. It takes a little bit of prep time on your part (you must type in the category names, questions, and answers) but once you do it, your kids will love it! I plan to post some that I have already created, so stay tuned!
(You need to be very good at classroom management for this to work...as you can imagine, if a whole-class interactive game gets out of hand, it is neither fun nor successful...) I set two basic rules when we play: 1) when I ring my bell, everyone gets quiet. 2) If an individual can't play the game correctly, s/he will work on a review packet out in the hallway while we all play the game. I've never had to put a student in the hallway--they all get so involved in the game!
After we play the game, I print out the game board through PowerPoint, 6 slides per page, and give it to the students to use as another way to review.
Oh, and one more tip. To get all of the kids to keep trying to answer the question, even after one team has "won" the points, I use the following rule: The first team to get the answer correct gets the FULL points. Every other team who gets the answer correct gets 1/2 of the points for that question. They LOVE that they can still earn points, even if they are last! :)
You can search for the "think" song and play it during Final Pojardy. Or, if you purchase my template and then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the file that I use!
Enjoy--I love this game!