My final answer is that participants really enjoy this game. Though the actual game is played by an individual, this version is set up for team play. If you have a group of 4 or more, this simple game allows everyone to be involved in the review of course content. The game board is created on a flipchart, and the questions can be displayed on charts, in PowerPoint, or simply on cards used by the instructor. To make the name of this game more relevant to your participants, simply change it from Millionaire to role of the employees in the class – e.g. Manager, Trainer, Accountant, etc.
A. Create the Game
Determine the role of the employees on the job to determine the number of questions you will need. The number of questions will be twice the number of letters in the job title. For example, if you play “Who Wants to Be a Manager,” the number of questions you will need is 14, since the word “Manager” has 7 letters.
Create 4 multiple-choice questions based on the content you will be reviewing and assign them a letter (“A,” “B,” “C,” “D”).
Note: In the early questions, focus on less complex content. Also feel free to have some fun with a silly answer for question “D.” This will lighten the mood and help your participants feel more comfortable and confident.
B. Prepare to Play
Create a game board on the flipchart containing the following information:
- Team Name: Team 1, Team 2 written horizontally across page.
- Lifeline Indicators (T I P) written under each Team name: T=Ask a teammate, I=Instructor narrows the choices to 2 (50/50), P=Poll the group by asking for a show of hands
- Job Title: e.g. Managerwrittenvertically down left side of page with an under the last letter.
- The game board should look like the following:
Place a blank Post-It® note at the bottom of each team column, beside the arrow.
Create a PowerPoint slide, index card, etc. for each question to be used in the game. Arrange the questions so they become more difficult as the game progresses. Ensure that you include pairs of questions at the same level of difficulty, as play will alternate from team to team.
- Use the following question format:
Document the questions and answers in your lesson plan.
C. Play the Game
Split the group into 2 teams.
Reveal the game board.
Explain the lifelines (TIP).
Explain how the game will be played.
- Play alternates from team to team.
- Each team selects one team member to answer the first question. Other team members will answer the other questions.
- If the team member does not know the answer, a lifeline may be used.
- Once the team member states his or her “Final Answer” the correct answer is revealed.
- If the answer is correct, the team’s Post-It® note is moved up to the next letter.
- If the answer is incorrect, the team’s Post-It® note will not be moved.
- The team that moves the farthest up the board will be declared the winner.
Ask Team 1 to decide who will answer the first question.
Ask the question.
Facilitate using a lifeline if requested.
Ask for “Final Answer.”
Reveal correct answer.
If “Final Answer is CORRECT, move Post-It® note up one letter. If “Final Answer” is INCORRECT, do not move the Post-It® note.
Repeat Steps 5-10 for Team 2.
Alternate play between both teams until all the questions have been asked.
Congratulate the winning team.
Thank everyone for taking part in the interactive review.
Last Few Words...
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