The #1 PowerPoint Trick for Creating Exceptional Review Games

Plus a FREE Jeopardy-esque template for you to create your own review game.

Creating a Jeopardy review game is a pretty quick process - especially when you can just fill in this free template! Five minutes of your time can yield an entire class period of fun AND learning. These review games were my go-to solution when I was a first year teacher with five preps and struggling to stay sane! It is also a great substitute activity to whip together on those days when you are so deathly ill that it really is worth all the effort to take a sick day. A final plus is that these review games can be emailed to absent students or posted on class websites for students to use as study aids.

I love to integrate review games whenever possible. Competition always adds an element of excitement and essentially forces student engagement. Although I could go on and on about how awesome games are for student engagement (literally, it was my masters research thesis), I wanted to share how I was able to utilize one of PowerPoint's most useful features - the ability to link within your slides. This handy tool allows you to select a word, number, picture, shape (you name it!), and link to the relevant slide. For example, when I select the "20 point" option for "topic 1" (see my free template), I am sent to that question's slide. When my students have answered the question, I select the button that I have created to link back to the main screen.

This feature is also great to use for presentations. Sneaky tip: I like to add several slides at the end of my presentation that I only show in case someone asks a relevant question (with graphs, stats, etc). When a question is asked, I use the link that I have created on my "last" slide, where I ask for questions, to send me to the figure that I would like to show. After the question is answered, I click the link to go back to my "questions" slide.

For really long PowerPoint presentations, you may want to create a "table of contents" slide at the beginning of your presentation. For example, if I am using a PowerPoint presentation to teach an entire unit, I would have a slide with a list of subtopics. Each subtopic listed would link to the first slide of that subtopic.

I have included a video below that shows you how to create PowerPoint links. Let me know how you use linking in your presentations!

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