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Students love this Earth Day Jeopardy game activity (Special Ed – 3-12)

Subjects:

Language Arts, Science, Social Studies  

Grades:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7  

Title – Earth Day Jeopardy
By – Julia Bishop
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level – 3-7, Special Ed

Concept:

    Earth Day Jeopardy is a great cross-curricular ecology lesson (reading, social studies and science) that the kids love and will ask for more.

Standards:

    Earth Day Jeopardy complies with Missouri State Standards covering vocabulary/language arts, ecology, and current events.

Materials:

    This activity can be done either in PowerPoint for the SMARTboard or simply by using index cards.

Procedure:

  • Come up with a handful of questions relating to Earth Day.
  • Group those into categories like:
    RECYCLING POLLUTION CONSERVATION NATURAL RESOURCES GREEN UP

    Make sure you have a set of five questions under each category. For example:

    “A mixture of decaying organic matter, like leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients.”

  • Give each question a point value, i.e. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 points.
  • Next, write the answers to all questions on individual index cards. For example the answer to the previous question would be:
    COMPOST
  • Hand out paper or dry erase boards to 2-3 “contestants”.
  • Allow contestants to choose their questions, but either teacher or another student should be the host and keep score.

Extensions:

  • For a little more drama, drag a table to the front of the room and draw names for contestants. The rest of the class is the audience!
  • If you would like to make it a whole class activity, just divide into groups, then divide groups into contestants and hosts.

Note:

    This activity went over like gangbusters. I had one parent ask for a copy of all the questions and answers so they could play at home!

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