3—What Kind of Pollution Issues Affect Illinois? 94 Environmental Pathways
stand that players are given answers to ques-tions
and that they must come up with the
question that fits the answer. For example, a
player may be given the answer “Soda cans
made of this metal are recyclable” and must
come up with the question “What is alu-minum?”
Point out that a good answer has
enough information in it so that only one right
answer fits. Teachers may wish to ask stu-dents
for examples of answers that do not
have enough information and for examples of
those that do.
10. In groups, have students decide on eight
answers in question form that represent the
type of pollution researched: two questions on
natural causes, two questions on human
causes, two questions on the natural system,
and two questions on pollution prevention or
other remedies for that topic.
11. Give the groups the master question/
answer worksheet. Have the students write
their answers in the left column and the cor-rect
question on the right.
12. Give each group eight 4x6 inch index
cards. On the first line of each card, have stu-dents
write the pollution topic they investigat-ed
(Air Pollution, Global Climate Change,
Hazardous Waste, Non-Hazardous Waste,
Surface Water Pollution, Groundwater
Pollution). Have the groups write each of the
eight answers on a card below the pollution
topic heading. See example below.
13. Collect the cards and the master ques-tion/
14. Prepare the Jeopardy gameboard as
noted in #4 under Preparation.
15. Create new groups so that each group
has one member from each of the research
teams. (Basically, you should have four teams
of six participants if you have a class size of
16. Either assign each team a number or
allow them to select a team name. Make a
scoreboard on the blackboard for recording
each team’s points and penalties.
17. Display and explain the “Jeopardy” rules.
• After the teacher reads the answer, the
first team to have all team members
raising their hands will be called on by
the teacher to guess the question. All
team members must say the question
together. Or, you may wish to use
nosiemakers or push button lights.
• If the team guesses the right question,
they will earn the points given to that
• If they guess incorrectly, the point
amount is subtracted from their team’s
score and the next team to have all
members raising their hands gets to
guess. This continues until one team
guesses the right question or until all
teams pass. If no team guesses the right
question, the teacher reads the correct
question from the master list.
• When called on, a team has five
seconds to guess the question.
• Within a team, players rotate picking the
category and point amount for the next
• Play continues until all answers are
18. Play the first round of the game. As a
team selects a category and point amount,
Surface Water Pollution
This petroleum product is often washed off
roads or parking lots into creeks, rivers, or lakes.
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