Science History Jeopardy!
Our class engaged in a Jeopardy trivia game this week, covering material from Chapters 1-13 in the text. We are at the midway point in our semester and the format provided a fun, competitive 'refresher' of information we've discussed and read about over the past eight weeks.
Students were randomly assigned to three teams of three, and then teams took turns answering challenging questions. If a team failed to provide a correct answer, the following team had the option of stealing that question. We finished with our teams fairly evenly matched for points (11, 12, and 7), and with the possibility for any team to win - if they wagered enough points and answered the Final Jeopardy Question correctly. I have provided the entire list of questions and answers (HERE) for students who were absent and for those who would like to review. Not all questions were asked, so have a look and see if you can answer all of them!
The final Jeopardy question required teams to provide a clear and accurate explanation of why Earth has seasons. Teams were also encouraged to draw a diagram to illustrate their explanation.
Two of the three teams provided the correct answer - it is the tilt of Earth's axis at a 23.5 degree angle, that causes the seasons of our year.
Congratulations to TEAM 2, with a wager of 11 points and the correct answer, making them the Jeopardy Champs with a total of 23 points!
And, what with the excitement of tallying the final scores, it seems I neglected to mention the homework for this week! Students should read Chapters 15 and 16 and complete the Student Quest Guide pages 55-56.
Next week we will talk about the intellectual city of Alexandria and the numerous inventions of Hero.
Additionally, students should view the NOVA special airing this week called 'Ancient Computer'. It looks at some amazing ancient Greek technology and fits nicely with our class content.