Making Middle School Magic – Powerpoint Jeopardy!

Yes. Today was simply magical in my 6th grade classes!  They came into class with Weird Al’s “I Lost On Jeopardy” rocking the classroom at full blast!  I had them dancing like crazy before class began.  I even had a few guess, “Are we going to play JEOPARDY?!?!?”

I put them in six groups (two to three students in a group) and gave them whiteboards. The rules were that ALL group members had to agree on the same answer and ALL members had to have all of the correct work on their boards. I went i order around the room and let each group pick a category/point value. However, if they MISSED the question then another group got to try to answer it. I picked this group by rolling a dice.

I used a PowerPoint Jeopardy game that I found online and tweaked. I found a Jeopardy theme song midi online and added it to all of the question slides. Although the music got really old for me by the middle of the second class, it added a bit of fun and even excitement to the game. The music made the kids try to “beat the clock”.

This game went so well! The kids worked harder than I have ever seen them work! Most importantly, they worked together better than I have ever seen! They were all intensely engaged and at the end of class they even BEGGED for just one more math problem!  (Which I of course could not help but give them – to the detriment of their next class, sorry JuRu.)

I need to work on this game some more as several of the links were corrupt. Also, you could not tell which questions had been selected. I am actually going to create my own game with all of the bells and whistles and then post it here so please check back!

7 thoughts on “Making Middle School Magic – Powerpoint Jeopardy!

  1. We love “Jeopardy”!! I have found that using the online Jeopardy often comes with kinks…However, we bought the Jeopardy system from one of the educational catalogs and the blank cartridges to make your own tests! Then plug it into the projector. My kids beg constantly to play it!
    Never thought of the Wierd Al song though! Totally awesome!

  2. Is this the first time you’ve played jeopardy in the classroom? You can google jeopardy games and find one for pretty much any topic. I just found one for solving equations that has Alex Trebec talking on it and everything! lol

  3. Hey Elissa! So nice to hear from you!

    YES – 15 years ago we played MATHO and it was a big deal! LOL! I am just catching up with all of this fabulous technology! It is amazing how much better it is than just about everything I used to do. I am having a blast discovering it all.

    I would LOVE the link to the equation solving jeopardy as we are solving equations right now. I did end up making a blank template, I added the theme song, Alex saying, “I’m sorry” and even the annoying Jeopardy clock counting down! Oh, and I put the Weird Al song with video on the first slide so I can just rock it when they are coming in and getting set up.

    I love this stuff! : )

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