Oct 23

Teaching Tip: Student Feud

I am always looking to come up with a new study game for the students to use.  After 12 years of teaching the same subject a little variety becomes the spice of life.  Jeopardy is an oldie but goodie though it has been done to death.   I have used 1 vs class to some success.  However, after the second or third time it starts to get a little stale.  A treasure trove of student study games is located on the game show network. A little tweaking and making it work and the next thing you know there is a new study game.  So after a little television watching I found my next study game. A new take on Family Feud called “Student Feud.”

Now student feud needs a little prep work.  I like to use student feud as study prep for a review test or a comprehensive benchmark.  First thing I do is create a review guide that has two columns.  One column has a DOK level 1 recall question.  The second column has a spot for the definition of their answer.  I would give them 30 to 40 questions.

For Example


Define Your Answer

  1.  Name an amendment that expanded rights?   19th Amendment
Gave women the right to suffrage


Once they completed the review guide I tally up their choices creating a list of the top 5 to 7 answers depending on the total number of students that did the review guide.  To help with the numbers I also share with my fellow 11th Grade US History teachers who help tally up their choices during our PLC (professional learning community) time.

After the tallies are totaled the next step is to play the game.  The game setup is pretty simple I divide up the students into equal groups.  Have one student represent that group come to the front of the room and ask an opening question.  The first student that can raise their hand and answer the question correctly gives their group the chance to play STUDENT FEUD!!!  You have to have a little fun with it.  I then continue on with their group seeing if they can get the top 5 to 7 answers their peers did on the review sheet.  If they get one wrong I move on to the next group and so on.  The group that gets the final answer receives all the tally points from that question.

The next round starts with a new student from each group coming up to the front and repeating the process.

I like this game because students get to review not once but twice.  For me that is a big deal because getting students to study at home is an herculean effort.

STEPS: Student Feud

  1. Create a Review Sheet
  2. Tally up the student’s answers
  3. Create a game sheet with the question and top 5 to 7 answers from the review sheet
  4. Divide students up into groups
  5. Play the game by having 1 student from each group answer a starter question
  6. The student that got the starter question right gives his group the chance to start Student Feud
  7. Ask a question from the review sheet to that group until they either get all 5 to 7 choices or if they miss a question move on to the next group until all choices have been said. Repeat step 5-7

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