I'm not sure where to begin except to say that I am flattered that I received so great a response to my idea of "Family Jeopardy" which I posted on sugardoodle.net. The idea came to my while I was trying to figure out how in the world I would ever fill a BINGO card (another idea shared on sugardoodle.net) with families from the scriptures. I needed 24 and could only come up with about 10!
I still love the BINGO idea so I will try to incorporate it into a lesson some other time!
While I was sitting at my table I started thinking of other things I could put in a BINGO card to fill the spaces, like songs, and somehow my mind came up with the idea of putting them into categories and playing Jeopardy instead. I don't have any fancy documents to share with you otherwise I would, but I just don't know how to do that kind of thing (I'm lacking in the computer knowledge department! Probably from being a stay-at-home-mom these days!). UPDATE: My super-computer-genius-older-brother helped me figure out how to link documents to my post. Hurray for big brothers!!
I know the main part everyone wants to know is what my categories will be and what the clues will be. But I'm going to type up everything I have planned for my lesson so you can see how it all goes together. I hope this helps some of you.
1. Print out documents that say "Book Of Mormon Families", "Bible Families", "Songs", and "Ward Families". CLICK HERE for my pdf.
2. Print out 4 documents of each of the following: "100", "200", "300", "400". CLICK HERE for my pdf.
3. Print out a document that says "Families Are Central To Heavenly Father's Plan". CLICK HERE for my pdf.
4. Print out a document with all the clues and answers to family jeopardy. CLICK HERE for my pdf.
*I think it's important to try and follow the lesson according to the Primary Outline as much as you can while still making things fun an interesting for the children. You will see that the Jeopardy is the only part I've changed.
Hold up your sign "Families Are Central To Heavenly Father's Plan" and have the children repeat it with you several times. Hide the sign and help them say it from memorization. Ask for volunteers to try saying it from memory on their own.
Remind the children that our theme for this month is "The scriptures teach of Heavenly Father's plan". Families are an important part of His plan for us. In the Scriptures we learn about many families and how they followed the plan Heavenly Father had for them.
Play Family Jeopardy.
Close by asking the children to volunteer and share a good quality about their family, a tradition in their family, or a favorite memory. Repeat "Families are central to Heavenly Father's plan" and bare your testimony about families.
Arrange categories and point values on a chalk board or white board in the Jeopardy manner (i.e. point values below the category).
Divide children into two groups (I do this down the center instead of by class so that there are older and younger children in each group).
Start by letting group A pick a category and point value. Read the clue associated with that point value and category and have that group discuss and try to give the correct answer. Give more clues or a scripture to look up to help them find the correct answer. (Or give the other group a chance to answer.) Also feel free to play or hum the jeopardy theme song while they try to answer!
When the correct answer has been given take down that point value so it doesn't get picked again.**
Repeat with group B and then go back and forth until all the clues have been given.
**At this point you have the option of giving each group the point value paper and keeping score or just playing the game for fun. I will not be playing with points because I don't want to have a "winner" but that is all up to you.
***For the "songs" category the clue is a sentence or phrase from a song related to families. They need to guess the title of the song. If they can't answer with just the words try having your pianist play the music that goes to the word phrase. Add more music and words until they can answer.
****for the "ward families" category make up clues about families in your own ward (i.e. name the two families with twins). This will be a fun way to see how much the kids know about families in the ward!
To see all of the category clues and answers CLICK HERE.
I hope this is helpful to some of you. Thanks again for all of the interest! (I felt like a celebrity while I was reading all of my emails!) Please come back and let me know how it went!!