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“Alex, I’d like Music for $500.”

Posted by lbbartolomeo on July 5, 2012

Jeopardy Board

This is one of my greatest creations because it’s cheap and easy to make, easy to use, and the students love it and learn so much!

It’s made out of two poster boards, 4 x 6 index cards, 3 x 5 index cards, glue, and post it notes.

1.  Tape two poster boards together.

2.  Lay out the 4 x 6 cards horizontally until you have the number of categories and amounts you’d like.  I did 6 categories and up to $500.

3.  Put your dollar amounts on each card then put a bead of glue along the back left and right sides of each card.  The sides of the cards then will be glued, but the top and the bottom edges are open. You can glue the bottom edge, it doesn’t really matter.

4.  Then all you do is take the 3×5 cards and write the question/answers to your categories.  The are just inserted in the 4 x 6 pockets and pulled out when playing the game.  Use the cards to keep score.  Make a pile of correct cards for one team, another pile for the other team.  Don’t forget to put the category and amount on each card so you can easily return them to their correct spot when the next class comes in and you want to play again.

5.  I use Post-It notes to mark the categories.

6.  Lots of people have smartboards and PPT Jeopardy games, but this can be created by simply writing on 3×5 cards.  When you are done, you just store the 3×5 cards and Post-Its and the game folds along the tape lines for easy storage.  During remodeling one year, I was a teacher on a cart and easily took this to the classrooms.

7.  My favorite Jeopardy game “Instruments of the Orchestra”- Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Potpourri, Listening

8.  Cost?  Next to nothing, not even printer and ink costs as you can see from my beautiful handwriting.  : )

9.  I usually play boys vs. girls and have the two teams choose a captain.  ONLY THAT CAPTAIN communicates with me to give me their choice of question and the answer.  Once they give me their answer, I say “Is this your final answer?”.  By designating a captain, I don’t have a bunch of shouting out.  The teams almost always have a discussion about the correct answer with the captain making the final decision based on the discussion.  This is so cool!  If a team does not get the correct answer, it can pass to the other team.

Here’s a close-up.

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