[Trivia Playing]

One of my favorite non-teacher past times is playing bar trivia. Yes, BAR trivia. Let’s be real, teachers. Every now and then [aka every Tuesday] it is an awesome feeling to know you can head to a local favorite to play a super fun midweek game of trivia with your “smartest” friends while sipping on your favorite craft spirits and devouring gourmet burgers with sweet potato fries. We are humans and we need hobbies. I love how competitive trivia teams are. Every team has an expert in a content area, comes up with clever names, and constantly scans the room to make sure rival teams are not using smart phones to Google answers during the round. It is even more funny to play with that friend that claims to be the guru of random knowledge like sports history, but fails to live up to their claims of “master” content specialist. Elementary school teachers have the edge in this game and are the best teammates:

  1. We are awesome.
  2. We have 18 credits hours across content areas.

I love bragging about the time I answered the 20 pt science question about anemometers… Yes, little ole Ms. G out smarted her team of computer engineers, civil engineers, chemistry majors, and more. Teaching a weather unit with 6th grade came in handy that night. U.S. history also is my second subject of expertise thanks to my 7th grade social studies teacher, Mr. P, and my A.P. history teacher, Ms. Myers. Yay, thanks for prepping me for bar trivia…

The outrageous Midwestern winter has kept me in on Tuesday nights, however my love of trivia has made an appearance in my classroom throughout the year during review sessions. Looking to increase student participation and engagement during review sessions? Trivia is game for you. I modeled my format off of the trivia game from Simone’s…I’m not sure what the trivia company is, but I appreciate their inspiration.

ImageHow does it work?

Trivia consists of 3 rounds and 1 bonus round. The first round consists of 5 questions in which teams have 30 seconds to record their answer on their team scorecard and on a post it note. The post-it is submitted to the teacher before the thirty seconds are up. The answer is written on the scorecard so that both the teacher and the student can total up points throughout the game.

*Bar Trivia allows teams to wager 1-5 points for each question. Only one of each point value can be used per question per round. For example, a team can wager 5 points on the Astronomy question. No other question can be worth 5 points during that round. You can add this wager portion in as students have played trivia. I leave it out until we have played at least 3 or 4 times. Image

Round two consists of a Photo ID round in which students label diagrams, images, etc. in 2 minutes or less. This week, we reviewed organelles in plant and animal cells in efforts to review for our state science test. You can cater round two to whatever you studied.  For example, students can fill in diagrams of various science cycles, annotate a text during a literacy review, solve math problems for a math review, etc. The sky is the limit. Adjust the time as needed. This round is exciting because students can earn double points for every correct image and it requires effective communication and teamwork.


Round three requires the teacher to pre-print facts, definitions, etc. for students to identify in a time session.  Students earn double points during this round as well. Lastly, the bonus round requires students to wager one to 5 points prior to answering the bonus question.ImageMy students were highly engaged throughout this review session. We have been practicing accountable talk since January and it was apparent students were using stems to disagree with their peers. Each team of three had a role whether it be to record answers on the scorecard, submit the answer post-it to the teacher, or record answers on the post-it! My kiddos were hooked!

Happy trivia playing-

Ms. G


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