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Classroom Activities 1

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Activity 1

Instruction and Student Practice:

  • Present Champlain, Hudson, and Fulton: A History of New York to guide learning. Students can complete all document-based activities within the PowerPoint in their notebooks or on printed copies of the PowerPoint slides.
  • Prepare students to review the historical content by having them create a PowerPoint presentation in the form of a Jeopardy review game. The steps below can help students create a review game individually or in small teams. The instructional PowerPoint should be available to all students and used as the main reference.

Classroom Resources for Student Work:

Teaching Points:

  1. Create a template so that you do not have to re-create the game each time.
  2. NOTE: Your hyperlinks cannot be changed once you set up your master page.
  3. For a shortcut, use the CTL + K keys to insert a hyperlink. Don’t forget to highlight your object first. 
  4. To speed up the creation of your “answer slides,” use Edit, Select All, or Copy (CTL + C) for pasting your information.
  5. For every answer slide, create a small hyperlink in the lower right-hand corner to send you back to the category slide.


  1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint.
  2. Click on Format and from the drop-down menu select Slide Layout.
  3. From Slide Layout select Blank Slide.
  4. Repeat this procedure until you have 51 slides.
  5. To set your background color, go first to Format; then click on Backgroundand choose a color for your slides.
  6. Go back to your first slide. Click on Insert and from the drop-down menu select Table.
  7. Set the box for 5 columns and 6 rows.
Insert Table Picture
  1. Use your cursor to pull the table and fill the screen. The table rows will automatically adjust.
powerpoint slide
  1. Enter a category name on the top five rows. Use Times Roman Bold/24 for the categories. Don’t forget to set your font colors.
  2. Highlight all of the columns and rows and center the text. Click on Format, select Line Spacing, and set your numbers to 1.5 on the line-spacing block so they will be centered.
  3. Number each box 100 through 500. Use Times Roman Bold/36 for the numbers. The tab key will advance you to each column.
  4. Press the Ctrl + M key. A new slide will appear. Right Mouse on the new slide. From the drop-down menu select Slide Layout. From the Text Menu select the Title Only slide. Repeat this step until you have a total of 51 slides.
  5. Go back to your first question slide and type in a question.
powerpoint slide 2 powerpoint slide 3
  1. Go back to the original game board. Highlight the appropriate point and then go to Insert.
  2. From the drop-down menu select Hyperlink. You will get a new screen and you should then click on Place in this Document; this step will give you all of the slides you have created. Click on the question to create a hyperlink.
menu dialog box
  1. If your hyperlink changes color, do the following: On the Format menu, click Slide Design. In the task pane, click Color Schemes, and then click Edit Color Schemes. Click the Custom tab. Under Scheme colors, click Accent and hyperlink and then click Change Color. Do one of the following: Click the Standard tab to select from the Standard color palette. Click the color you want, and then click OK.
  2. 17. Important: You should draw a box or insert a button on the answer slide. It is important that you do this on each slide so it will hyperlink back to the category board. Follow the instructions for adding a hyperlink. You will be playing the game in PowerPoint. Make sure to click in the field to show your answer slide and click on the hyperlink to return to the category screen after each question.
powerpoint slide 5
  1. Repeat the process for the entire Jeopardy slide. Graphics, clip art, and sound can also be inserted in your slide. HAVE FUN!

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