Google Forms “Family Feud” version

This past Friday, we played a version of Family Feud in my fifth grade class- by using Google Forms and displaying their answers to determine the most popular option quickly! If you haven’t seen the game show Family Feud, a question is asked before the game show and people respond with their answer. Then the show ranks the options from most popular to least popular. Participants have to guess all of the options that people said- but that would have taken the whole class. This version took about 10-15 minutes, and I was able to keep it comprehensible since the students could see the options. It was super easy and really compelling for students. You could do this any time you have a couple of preference questions. Overall, we had 3 questions, but it might get cumbersome after 5.

Our class is going to read Brandon Brown versus Yucatan from Wayside Publishing. In this first chapter, there are activities that Brandon can choose from at the resort. He also watches a ton of movies. I used these activities to introduce some of the words that they would see when they read chapter 1. On the Google Form, first, I asked students what their favorite activity is similar to the ones that Brandon sees, then I ask them about where they like to visit and what type of movies that they like to watch. Each student voted on all of these questions on Google Form as they entered the classroom. The magic about Google Forms is how it converts the information to charts.

After completing the form, I put students in groups of 2 or 3. I projected the question again from the form with the options. Students ranked the list from most popular to least popular on their whiteboard. Then, I could display the graph for the results. Groups received 2 points if they got the top result correct then 1 point correct for any of the remaining results. This is what the chart looked like when I displayed the results:

It was a great way to visually represent each result and made it comprehensible for my students. After students saw the results, they tallied up their points, and we did the same thing for each new question. My students all loved the activity. This could be done to see popular activities over the weekend, preferences about restaurants, movies, TV shows etc. I would love to hear how you use Google Forms to display results with your classes!

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