Trivia Night!

Find out how to bring Trivia Night to your classroom!

Keep reading to learn about a new trivia game that will get your students working collaboratively and excited for class!

A month or so ago, my wife (CLICK HERE for her store) and I went to a trivia night fundraiser for our kids’ school music program, and it was awesome! What made it great wasn’t the atmosphere or that we won (go us!), but the format of the game itself. I thought it would work great in my class as a review game. I finally got the opportunity to try it this week, and it was awesome!

Here’s how it works:

PREP

  1. Identify 3-5 categories you want to review (mine were Presidents, the Constitution and Geography)
  2. Make 5 questions for each section
  3. Make a Google Slide (or PowerPoint) presentation that goes in this order:
  • The name of topic 1
  • One slide each for this topic’s questions
  • One slide each for the answers to the questions
  • The name of topic 2
  • One slide each for this topic’s questions
  • One slide each for the answers to the questions
  • The name of topic 3
  • One slide each for this topic’s questions
  • One slide each for the answers to the questions

 

SET UP/GAMEPLAY

  • Sort your class into teams of 4ish
  • Give each team one minute to make a fun and creative team name (it’s kind of fun to see what they come up with)
  • Give each team one one piece of paper, and identify one writer per team
  • Read the trivia questions one at a time and give the teams 40 seconds to discuss their answer at a whisper before writing their answer on the sheet
  • At the end of each round, go through the answers and have the groups score their own responses
  • Keep a running leaderboard on the whiteboard, and hype up any lead changes to build competiveness and excitement
  • The team with the most points at the end wins!

 

TAKE AWAYS

  • Students get to review content
  • Students get to practice working cooperatively
  • Students get engaged and excited in class
  • You get to see what they know
  • Everyone has fun!

If this sounds fun and for you, try it with your students, and if you’re looking for more games that work great with middle schoolers, CLICK HERE for a post about vocabulary games.

Find out how to bring Trivia Night to your classroom!