Having finished the Core 1 and Core 2 course just before Easter, I have been looking for interesting activities to do with my high ability class to keep them ticking over until the exams. One of the best activities I found was a resource on TES which was a Core 1 Jeopardy. On finding this, I also discovered a Core 2 Jeopardy as well. My thanks go to phildb for uploading these amazing resources.
For those that don't know, Jeopardy was a popular TV game show in America in the 80's. There are 5 topics, and for each topic, there are 5 questions, each worth a different amount of money (or points). Each team takes it in turns to select a question to answer.
The way I ran this in class was to give each group some small bits of paper to write their answers on. This meant that each team had to submit an answer, but the team who gave the correct answer quickest was the one who won the points. This allowed all teams to compete in every question (as there were several times when the first answer handed in was not correct). The team that won the points also got to then choose the next box to play for. This introduced some tactics as well.
After a few rounds, we also started to play double jeopardy, where I awarded double points to the first team with a correct answer, and the single points to the second correct answer. This reignited the competition, as there were a lot more points to play for.
The activity itself was brilliant, and the whole group were answering questions for a solid 40 minutes (many more questions than they would answer doing a past paper in the same time). The questions were also really well graded to the different points available.
I can also see this resource being easily adaptable to any year group, and usable in mixed ability sets as well, as they can choose which difficulty they would like. It would possibly be better to go round the groups in order to select the next question though, to allow every group a chance to choose something, and I would definitely do it this way next time I use this activity.
Overall a fantastic way to revise the whole Core 1 course in one lesson, which kept the whole group engaged and answering questions constantly. Thoroughly recommended!
I am a maths teacher looking to share good ideas for use in the classroom, with a current interest in integrating educational research into my practice.