Science Jeopardy

Objectives: this activity can be used as a beneficial tool to reinforce as well as to assess for knowledge of the Science SOL concepts. (Approximately 60 min)


1)      A large poster board

2)      25 letter envelopes

3)      3.0 X 5.0 index cards

4)      Markers, colored pencils, and/or crayons

5)      Old Science Magazines

6)      Tape or glue


1)      Divide students into 5 or 6 groups. Give each group 1 pack of index cards. Have the students to write answers on the front of the card and the questions on the back. See example below:

               Front of Card     The powerhouse of the cell. 
               Back of card     What is the mitochondrion?

2)      The board should look similar to this:

 Cells Ecology Genetics Evolution HumanBody
  $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 
  $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 

3)      Have the students to decide whether they want to make a “Jeopardy” board or a “Double Jeopardy” board.

4)      Then have them to decide on what 5 categories they will be using on their board. Note: there should be 5 SOL categories.

5)      If they are making a “Jeopardy” board they will have the following monetary categories: $100, $200, $300, $400. $500. If they are making a “Double Jeopardy” board they will have the following monetary categories: $200, $400, $600, $800, $1000. Have the students label their envelopes accordingly.  Note: the more money the question is worth the more difficult the question should be.    

6)      The students can use tape or glue to adhere the envelopes to the board. It would be easier to adhere them with the flap facing the front.

7)      The students can make their boards as creative and unique, as they would like using the materials said above or adding anything extra. For example, they can use cut out magazine pictures to represent the categories on their board.

8)      The students can then place the cards in the appropriate envelopes.

How to play the game:

1)      The teacher can divide the class into two teams and assign one student to be the scorekeeper for each team.

2)      The teacher can do a coin toss to see which team should go first and the pick one student from that team to pick a category and a monetary unit and answer the question.

3)      If the student answers incorrectly then the question should go to the other team. If neither team answers correctly then neither team obtains the points. Bonus points or exemption from an assignment can be given to the team that wins.

4)      The teacher can use a different board each time the game is played.  


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