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Play Family Feud in the Classroom

written by: Kathy Foust • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 1/20/2012

This is a great game to play at the end of the week to break up the day. The game assists in developing social skills and personal responsibility, and could also be used to review topics learned throughout the week.

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    Of course, Family Feud is a well-known game. Play the game in the classroom for a fun twist. It is easy to play and costs nothing but a bit of time. This game is best played when you can involve another classroom. In this way, a class can receive a variety of answers and you can teach cooperation among unrelated groups. You can even use this game as a lesson in diversity as you focus on specific cultural activities or foods. Students may be surprised at what they can learn from each other by playing this simple and fun educational game.

    The Game

    This game can be modified to fit the needs of the classroom in consideration of group size and timing. To describe this game I am going to base it on two classes of fifteen working together. Feel free to modify it as you see fit. Also, this version involves family members. To create the game, both classrooms will need to do the following:

    • Break the students up into two groups. These will be the "families".
    • Have the students come up with "survey questions". Organize the questions so that you have a list of twenty questions.
    • Have the students take the questions home and ask 1-2 people in their family answers to the questions. Sample questions are listed later in this article.
    • When the questions come back, have the children group like answers. Tally up the top three to five answers. At this point, each of the twenty questions should have three to five top answers.
    • Trade questions with the other class to use to play the game.

    As you can see, this activity is one to be done over a week's time. Begin on Monday and actually play the game on Friday. To play the game, play it almost as you see it on the television show. Have the groups separate. For each question, ask a different student. He or she must consult with "family" for the answer. Points are tallied based upon the number of answers that were given when surveyed. For example, if answer number one had that answer from thirty parents, then that answer would be worth thirty points.

    Here are some sample questions:

    • Name three vegetables kids hate to eat.
    • Name something you make out of flour.
    • Name the most common handheld electronic gadgets
    • Name the top activities that kids do in the summer.
    • Name the most popular TV shows.
    • Name the most dreaded household chores.
    • Name the most popular skateboarding tricks.
    • Name the things used in a garden.
    • Name things that girls do at a slumber party.
    • Name games to be played on the playground.

    The questions should be designed to provoke more than one answer. The students can have fun with these questions, and will be using several types of skills to work on this project. Mathematical skills, deductive reasoning and responsibility are a few. This game can also be combined with learning themes for the week or month. For instance, if the theme is gardening, you might want to ask students to focus their questions on plants, gardening supplies or techniques. Remember, Family Feud in the classroom is just another fun learning tool to incorporate into your current lesson plans! Get creative and find new ways to use this game to your educational advantage!