Friday, August 29, 2014

"The Star-Spangled Banner" Quiz Show, developed by Nicole LeGrand

Looking for a creative way to honor and celebrate the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with your students this month? If so, look no further! Nicole LeGrand has created a fun and interactive game to help your students connect with and learn more about our national anthem!

Here are the instructions for the game:

Print each of the category posters and five sets of the point cards (laminate these for durability). 

Affix sticky tack or magnets to the back of each of the posters and cards. Arrange them in a traditional style Jeopardy game board.

Divide the students into small groups or teams, giving each group a small dry erase board and marker.

Have one child be the team secretary. Explain the categories in the game as follows:
Trivia—questions of general knowledge about “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Vocabulary—naming synonyms or words that mean the same as given words/definitions
What Comes First?—given two phrases from the song, determine which phrase appears first
History—questions regarding the origination of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Lyrics—given a phrase from the song with a word omitted, determine the missing word

Establish an order of play within each team (I just have the students count off and sit in order). When it is their turn, each child will select a category and number of points. The teacher will read the corresponding question from the Teacher Question Page. All students in each group should work together to answer the question. In order to engage all students, I allow each team to provide an answer on the dry erase boards. All teams who have the correct answer receive the points for each question.

Continue play, rotating students to select the categories and point amounts until all questions have been answered. The team with the most points wins.

Here are the free printables for the game:

Teacher Question Page.pdf

Category Cards.pdf

Point Cards.pdf


Nicole LeGrand teaches K-5 general music at Madison Consolidated Schools in Madison, IN. Teaching at seven elementary schools, she works with more than 1,600 students each year. Nicole has eight years of experience in the general classroom as an elementary teacher and three years of experience as the music specialist. She earned her B.A. in elementary education from Hanover College. While there, she studied piano and served as one of the accompanists for the Hanover College Choir. She obtained her M.S., specializing in literacy, from Walden University.

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