Social Studies Quiz Game Show
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Social Studies Quiz Game Show is a basic trivia game modeled after Jeopardy. Kids answer questions about a variety of social studies topics based on categories they -- or their parents -- choose. They can play by themselves or in teams, and they can play with or without a timer. Kids choose questions, answer them, and get scored on whether they were right or wrong with some occasional opportunities for bonuses. As with other potentially competitive multiplayer games, kids may get discouraged due to uneven play.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
With thought-provoking and sometimes tricky questions, Social Studies Quiz Game Show keeps students on their toes.
As this is a trivia-driven game, factual learning is the primary goal. Students have to draw on their knowledge, intuition, and teammates to succeed, but they won't do much higher-order thinking or applying.
With feedback throughout the game, a thorough help screen, and a printable quiz, Social Studies Quiz Game Show sets the stage for bringing the knowledge out of the game and into the classroom.
What's it about?
There's no plot or story line, just a thin game-show premise with a likeable, cartoonish Spanish explorer host. It's modeled after Jeopardy, so kids familiar with the show will get the gist quickly. Players choose five categories each round and then select questions from those categories. Questions are ranked by point values. The team with the highest score wins.
Is it any good?
It's not complicated since it's just an interactive question-and-answer game. Even so, it's engaging and features a nice variety of subjects, all applicable to kids' classroom learning. With different levels of difficulty and the option for team or solo play, kids can play competitively (as well as cooperatively) or challenge themselves alone, boosting skills. Surprise bonus points add to the fun and mix things up. There's no saving, and high scores are not recorded long-term, but with more than 200 questions there's plenty of replayability.
Families can talk about...
Families can ask kids what topics or questions were particularly interesting, and discuss how they might find out more about them.
Families also can discuss how learning about social studies might help them outside of school. In what other areas of your life and schooling can you apply what you've learned?
Explore a more immersive game focused on social studies, and compare and contrast the learning experiences.