Starting the 2nd Half of the Year by Reviewing the 1st Half

After 2 weeks off for the Christmas holidays, religious education sessions are scheduled to be back in session tomorrow evening. Of course, we’re keeping an eye on the weather here in Chicago. Schools are closed today with a foot of snow on the ground and temps at -10 degrees (for a high!). Tomorrow it’s supposed to get up to a balmy zero degrees for a high!

snow 2014In the Book of Job, God responds to Job’s laments about suffering by asking him a series of “where were you?” questions about where Job was when God was creating the cosmos. One of the questions is, “Have you entered the storehouse of the snows?” (Job 38:22) In Chicago, this winter, it feels like we can answer, “With all respect, Lord, I believe the answer is “YES!”  :) Here’s a pic of my backyard!

Anyway, my plan for the first night back is to review the major themes we covered in the first part of the year using a Jeopardy-like review on a PowerPoint presentation (which I will project with an LCD projector).

Jeopardy-Like Review for 6th grade – 2014

Here’s a word or two about using the PPT so that you can adapt it to your own needs. You can make changes as you would to any PowerPoint slide.

To make matters more simple, I am NOT following the game-show pattern of presenting the answer first and requiring the “contestants” to respond in the form of a question! Thus, the slides lead with a Question followed by an Answer.

  • The PPT is saved in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 97-2003 format
  • To link the squares on the “game board” (the first slide) to the correct Q and A, open the presentation in Normal View (not slideshow) and highlight the numbers in the selected square (for example, 100 under Bible Basics) you wish to hyperlink and right click. Then, select Edit Hyperlink and link it to the slide that proposed the question. (If no link exists, click on Hyperlink)
  • To hyperlink the Question slide to the Answer slide, highlight the textbox (not just the text, but the whole textbox) and right click on the textbox. Then, select Edit Hyperlink and link it to the slide that contains the answer. (If no link exists, click on Hyperlink)
  • Each Answer slide should contain the little “Home” button in the lower right corner which is linked back to the “game board.”
  • Once all of your slides are in place and hyperlinked properly, select the first slide (the game board) and go to Slide Show view.
  • When a square on the game board is selected, click on it, and it will take you to the slide with the Question.
  • After a contestant offers an answer, click on the slide with the Question, and it will take you to the slide with the correct answer.
  • Finally, hover your mouse over the “Home” button on the Answer slide and it will take you back to the game board.
  • You’ll note that the questions that have already been selected have now changed from yellow to black so that you can keep track of which are still available for selection.

You can decide if you want contestants or teams of contestants to select the category and square of their choice or if you simply want to go through them in order. It’s also good to pause after each answer to ask the students to elaborate more on the story in question.

This always makes for a fun, engaging, and effective review, which I often use before giving an assessment (quiz or test). In this case, I’ll be giving a Ten Commandments quiz following the review game.

Keep warm and dry friends!

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8 Responses to “Starting the 2nd Half of the Year by Reviewing the 1st Half”

  1. Liz Chock Says:

    thanks so much for sharing this, Joe! I had been doing the ole paper or whiteboard method, but this is way modern!! :-) I will use this next opportunity. stay warm too!

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  2. Paulette Says:

    Hi Joe,
    Talk about keeping warm, it’s -48 with the windchill here in Winnipeg!!

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  3. Joe Says:

    Joan writes:

    Hi Joe,

    We’re below zero here in Germantown, WI, a suburb of Milwaukee. Kids in the area have no school for the second day in a row. It is expected
    that we will warm up tomorrow. I hope so because we are scheduled to resume our Faith Formation classes.

    I like your idea of reviewing the first half of the year at the beginning of the second semester.
    Your Powerpoint is great! My question is how do you do that? I have a basic knowledge of PPT, but have never done anything that
    complicated. Can you give me some tips?

    Thanks and God bless,

    Joan Plumley
    Family and Child Minister
    St. Boniface Parish
    Germantown, WI
    262-628-8143

    Reply

    • Joe Says:

      Hi Joan and thanks for your update about conditions in Germantown. Hope things are warming up a bit.

      Joan, let me know what other tips I can offer because in my post above, I tried to spell out in detail how to work with the PowerPoint. Perhaps there’s some other information you’re searching for. Let me know.

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      • emmanuel Catania Says:

        Dear Joe,
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