Historical Football Challenge


Pair of dice
Set of review questions, or test questions
(Developed by you or students)
B7 Football play cards

How the Game is Played:

First, divide the class into two, separate teams. Designate which team wil=
l start on offensive or obtain possession. The review questions are asked =
in an individual fashion to the offensive team. The offensive team has fou=
r "downs" to advance the ball, or score.  The ball is advanced by answerin=
g the questions correctly.  If the offensive students answer the question =
correctly, they get to role the die.  The number rolled by the student wil=
l symbolize a play from the instructor's offensive play cards (see below),=
 and determine the outcome of the play.  However, if the offensive student=
 answers the question incorrectly, the defensive captain is allowed to rol=
l the die.  The number that the defensive student rolls will symbolize a p=
lay from the defensive play cards. The offensive team must advance the bal=
l twenty yards in order to obtain a new set of downs. If the offensive tea=
m cannot advance the ball twenty yards, then possession goes to the other =
team, and the game is carried on in the same fashion. The game should be p=
layed on a 100-yard playing field with the ball's progress plotted on the =
overhead or black board.

Sample Offensive Play Cards:

1.  RB runs up the middle for a 3 yard gain.
2.  QB pass to WR for 8 yard completion.
3.  Incomplete pass.
4.  RB runs a sweep for 15 yard gain.
5.  QB connects with the TE over the middle for 25 yard gain.
6.  RB runs for 5 yard gain.

1.  RB stopped for no gain.
2.  QB to WR for 20 yard completion.
3.  RB breaks free for touch down run.
4.  Incomplete pass.
5.  QB pass to the TE for 10 yard gain.
6.  RB up the middle for 5 yard gain.

 Sample Defensive Play Card:

1.  Pass intercepted.
2.  Offensive holding, 10 yard penalty and loss of down.
3.  QB sacked, loss of 5 yards.
4.  QB fumbles snap, defense recovers.
5.  Incomplete pass.
6.  RB stopped for no gain.

Offensive cards should favor offense, while defensive cards should always favor defense.
Instructor should devise numerous offensive and defensive play cards.
Allow students to chose their favorite teams and design cards in that fashion.

Hollywood Squares Review


1. Ask each student to write two or three questions pertaining to the class subject matter.  Questions can be multiple-choice, true/false, or fill-in-the-blank.
2. Collect the questions. If you wish, add a few of your own.
3. Simulate the tic-tac-toe game show format used on Hollywood Squares.  Set three chairs at the front of the class.  Ask three volunteers to sit on the floor in front of the chairs, three to sit in the chairs, and three to stand behind them.
4. Give each of the nine "celebrities" a card with an X printed on one side and O on the other to tape to their bodies as questions are answered successfully.
5. Ask for two volunteers to serve as contestants. The contestants pick members of the "celebrity" squares to answer the game's questions.
6. Ask the contestants questions in turns. The contestants respond with "agree" or "disagree" to the panel's response as they try to form a tic-tac-toe.
7. Remaining students not involved in the game are given cards that say "agree" on one side and "disagree" on the other to flash to contestants to aid in their decision making.

 Hint:  Rotate celebrities and contestants

College Bowl


1. Divide the students into teams of three or four members.  Have each team select a name of a college they represent.
2. Give each student an index card. Students will hold up their cards to indicate they want a chance to answer a question.  The format of the game is a toss-up: Every time you ask a question, any member of any team can ind=
icate his or her desire to answer.
3. Explain the following rules:

List of other interesting games from TSSFFAP.

1. History Golf
2. History Taboo
3. History Rap
4. Fictionary