Game show spin offs are easy to plan and usually an instant hit with the students. The schedule of the event can be loosely based from the structure of the show and the set design can be created by the kids during an art club.
During the end of the year teachers and principals are concerned with ensuring that their students are prepared for state exams. Students are swamped with pretests, homework, and high expectations of how they should be scoring. How can we take this pressure and make test prepping an enjoyable experience? Survey says: Host a test prep game show.
At our after school program “THINK Together” we hosted the game show, “Are you Smarter than a THINK student?” To prepare for this event we played grade level Jeopardy with questions given to us from the teachers.
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After a few Jeopardy sessions students that wanted to be contestants for the game show were given raffle tickets to enter and 5 students were selected to participate.
The set design was simple to make. We used 7 individual desks for the student helpers and the contestants. Student name plates were made from construction paper, butcher paper was used to make small desks look like podiums for contestants. A larger classroom table was used to represent the teachers desk where we placed a globe, books, and pencils for decoration. The game board sign was made from cardboard and paint and all questions were printed on paper and separated by school subject and grade level.
At least 2 adults are needed to play contestants. They should be given questions before hand and it is mandatory that they don’t make it to the end of the game to ensure they say the words, “My name is ______, and I am not smarter than a THINK student.” Small white boards are used to write down answers, and once a student is used to save the contestant they are helping they must sit back down and another student will be called up.
Pro-tip: We thought it would be a great idea to make this game show a “Celebrity Edition.” We used office staff to come volunteer and dress up as celebrities. For our game we had Edward Cullen and Nicki Manaj. I tried dress to as close to Jeff Foxworthy (the actual host) as I could and I called myself, “Jeff Foxy.”
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