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The Sky Jeopardy

Cathy Burgess
Bay District Schools


Students play the Sky Jeopardy game to reinforce concepts learned about sun, moon, day and night and sky. Then as a reward, they nibble on round crackers to show the different phases of the moon.


The student uses simple reference material to obtain information (for example, table of contents, fiction and nonfiction books, picture dictionaries, audio visual software).

The student uses complete sentences in writing.

The student writes simple informational texts (for example, two-step instructions in sequence, directions, reports).

The student knows that heat from the Sun has varying effects depending on the surface it strikes.

The student knows that the amount of light reflected by the Moon is a little different every day but the Moon appears the same again about every 28 days.

The student knows and differentiates objects seen in the day and night sky (for example, clouds, Sun, stars, Moon, planets).


Day 9
-[Busy Kids Songs and Rhymes, Preschool-Kindergarten], The Education Center, Inc, 2000
-Suggested song, “Night Sky” (see associated file)
-Suggested poem, “Connection to the Stars” (from day 8)
-Chart paper
-Index cards
-Round cracker (one per student)
-The Sky Jeopardy game (see associated file)
-Word wall words on index cards (stars and constellations)

Day 10
-Summative One downloaded (See Extensions)
-Summative One checklist (one for each student)


1. Download the Sky Jeopardy game.

2. Download the “Night Sky” song from the Associated File and write it on chart paper.

3. Have the chart of the poem “Connection to the Stars” ready to use.

4. Have a box of round crackers available to pass out as a reward.

5. Use index cards to make the cards for the game. Write the question on one side and the points on the other.

6. Download Summative Assessment One (See Extensions).


Day 9 of the Eye in the Sky unit.

1. Call students to circle time. Ask them how the Night Watchers Club is going. Ask them what they have observed. Ask who knows the difference in report and a regular journal entry. Tell them they are using their journals to practice writing reports and that they have done a couple together in class, but that they will write a report to turn in. Review how there are many reference books in the classroom that they have been reading for factual information and how they will use those books later in their reports. Add stars and constellations to the word wall.

2. Introduce and sing, “Night Sky.” Point to the words and track print as you go. Sing it several times until students become familiar with it. Also recite the “Connection to the Stars” poem.

3. Review complete sentences. Refer to the triangle pattern used previously.

3. Tell students you are going to play the Sky Jeopardy game as a review. Ask if they have seen Jeopardy on TV. Tell them this game is similar to Jeopardy. There are categories for sun, moon, day sky, and night sky. There are five questions under each category. Each question is worth points: 10, 20 30, 40, or 50. Of course you want to score as many points as you can for your team.

4. Divide students into four teams. Have each team decide on a spokesperson. Determine which team goes first by thinking of a number between 1 & 10. Have the team spokesperson guess the number. The student closest to the number goes first. See the Associated File to download the game.

5. Play the Sky Jeopardy game. Formatively assess students’ answers and give corrective feedback after another team has been given the opportunity to answer the question correctly. When the game is complete, have the groups add up their points. Praise the groups for showing knowledge of the standards you have taught them. Pass out the round cracker as a reward for a job well done. Have students nibble their favorite phase of the moon and tell their neighbors about it.

6. Begin the Summative One Assessment. It will take two days. Today students should have time to complete the banners of what is found in the day and night sky. Hand out the checklist and go over it so students know up front what is expected.

Day 10 of the Eye on the Sky unit

1. Continue giving Summative One Assessment. Students should have completed the performance assessment of the banners of the day and night sky. They should spend today doing the written report. Go back over the checklist. Encourage students to work productively so they get finished today.


Formatively assess the students’ answers when they play The Sky’s the Limit Jeopardy game.
Give corrective feedback before the summative.

Summatively assess on day 9 and 10.


1. How big are they? Help students compare the size of the sun, moon, and Earth by comparing a basketball (sun), a tennis ball (Earth), and a ping-pong ball (moon). To explain why the sun and moon look the same size, have a student hold the ping-pong ball. Carry the basketball down the hall until both balls look the same size.

2. The Beacon Unit Plan associated with this lesson can be viewed by clicking on the link located at the top of this page. (Or by using the URL Once you select the unit’s link, scroll to the bottom of the unit plan page to find the section, Attached Files. This section contains links to the Unit Plan Overview, Diagnostic and Summative Assessments, and other associated files (if any).

Attached Files

Jeopardy game and poem     File Extension: pdf

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