If you work in a school like I do, Valentine's Day can be somewhat of a low attendance day and/or difficult day to get hardcore teaching done. What to do with your class to keep their brains working and engaged? TRIVIA TIME!!!
This can last anywhere from 1 to 2 periods, and is easily adjustable depending on your needs!
I have a grand old time with this (as you can tell, since I made up all of these clues - pardon the weak rhymes - and the game), and the kids do, too. I'm copying and pasting all of the rules and description below (it's also included in the notes of the first slide of the PowerPoint).
Materials needed: dry erase boards/markers and wipes/erasers for each group
-Break class up into groups of as many as you see fit, also considering how many dry erase boards you have
-Have each group write a group name or number in the upper right-hand corner of the board
-Keep tally of each group’s score on the chalkboard
CLUES: There are three stages for each clue – it begins first with the written clue about a famous couple. If no group can guess the couple from the written clue, hit the next arrow and a picture clue will appear on the same slide. If no group can guess it from both the written and picture clue, then I allow them a 2 minute Google search on their phones (or classroom laptops if you’re so lucky!). Explain these rules to the class and note that if anyone uses their phone to search a clue prior to the Google Search round then they are automatically disqualified from that round. I usually have students place their phones on the desks face down until told otherwise.
Clues span pop culture, history and literature. Some of the clues for literature may need to be changed or deleted, depending on your class. There are 30 clues here that range in difficulty (you will definitely get to the Google Search stage a few times or more depending on the class, but there are enough easy ones that no one usually gets too frustrated) – this is usually more than enough to last a period, but if you get to the end, it gives the students an opportunity to create their own. They have a lot of fun with it!
-No calling out
-Names of both members of the couple should appear on the board (you decide if spelling counts)
-Teams that make noise when the clues are read by the teacher lose points
-Teams have a minute or so to converse about their answer choice; the first team to decide and write down the correct answer and put it in the air wins that round’s point
-I usually award points or extra credit to the group that wins, but if you prefer to use candy or homework passes – whatever you want!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!!