Christmas Quiz 2017

It’s early December and for the past three years, I have produced a Christmas quiz template that can be used for the holiday season. This year is no different.

What’s new

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Left: The Christmas Quiz 2016. Right: The Christmas Quiz 2017.

Last year, I released a present themed version of the Christmas quiz. This year, I wanted to change the design and use the image of Santa clause.

However, the02-mystery-squares game also incorporates icons and design elements from previous versions and other PowerPoint games.

I didn’t want students to lose any points. That doesn’t really seem in the Christmas spirit, so similar to the Mystery Squares game, there are different icons with different values. That way Santa always leaves a gift.

Christmas Quiz 2017 - Menu Board

If students click on an image of a Santa and answer the question correctly, they are given the points associated with the gift.

A star is worth 3 points, a gold present is worth 2 points and a red present is worth 1 point.

 

Like Mystery Squares, the students don’t know where the higher value icons are, so this means that the higher-level or more confident students won’t dominate the game.

Download the Christmas Quiz 2017
PowerPoint template

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Top-left: The title slide. Top-right: The rules slide. Bottom-left: The menu slide. Bottom-right: A question slide.

The template contains a total of 27 slides – a title slide, a rules slide, a menu board and 24 question slides. The questions are not provided, and they have to be added by the teacher before playing the game in the classroom.

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Example of a question slide with the question and the answer added to the slide.

The type of questions used is determined by the teacher. They do not have to be Christmas themed. They can be based on the target language that the students have been studying during the course.

  • Download an open the template.
  • Add a question an answer to each of the 24 question slides.
  • Save the template.

Playing the Christmas Quiz

Watch the tutorial video below or read through the notes for information on how to use the template.

Video tutorial on how to edit the template.
The video run-time is 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Divide your class into groups of 4-6 students. Each group represents a team in the Christmas quiz.
  • Ask each of the groups to choose a team name. I recommend using Christmas themed vocabulary. (Elves, Reindeer, Snowmen, Stars etc.)
  • The teams should use a signal or a buzzer sound.
  • Write the team names on the board or a piece of paper to help you keep track of points.
  • Start the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Left-click anywhere on the title slide to move to the next slide.
  • After the title slide is the rules slide. While the rules slide doesn’t explain the game in detail, it does show the students the different icons and how many points each icon is worth.
  • Once you have explained the game, click anywhere on the rules slide to show the menu board. You may want to do a couple of practice questions model the activity in more detail.
  • Choose a team at random. You may choose to use a random number generator, cards, a dice, or even choose the team name that is the first alphabetically.
  • Ask the students to choose a Santa.
  • Click on the chosen Santa to reveal the question.
  • Read the question out to all the students.
  • The first team to buzz in can answer the question.
    • If the students answer incorrectly, allow the other teams to answer question.
    • If the students answer correctly, click on the blank answer box to reveal and confirm the answer. After the students have been shown the answer, click on the back button to return to the menu slide.
  • When you return to the menu slide, the image of Santa will disappear and a present will be left behind. The present will tell you how many points the team have won for the correct answer.
  • Allow the team who answered the question correctly to choose the next Santa.
  • As before, click on the chosen Santa to reveal the question and read the question out to all the students.
  • The first team to buzz in can answer the question.
  • Repeat until all the questions have been answered or the activity ends.

Customizing the Christmas Quiz

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Screenshot of the gift icons.

Follow these instructions to change the position of the gift icons:

Moving Icons

  • Go the menu board slide.
  • Click on the home ribbon and go to the editing section.
  • Click on select and choose selection pane from the menu.
  • The selection pane will appear on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Click on the hide all button.
  • Scroll down the list until you see the Icons groups.
  • Click on the line next to the Icons group. It should turn into an eye.
  • The icons should now be visible.
  • Left-click twice to select individual icons and drag them to new locations (in the grid layout) on the menu board.
  • Click on the show all button in the selection pane.
  • The images of Santa will appear and cover the icons.

Adding Icons

  • Go the menu board slide.
  • Click on the home ribbon and go to the editing section.
  • Click on select and choose selection pane from the menu.
  • The selection pane will appear on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Click on the hide all button.
  • Scroll down the list until you see the Icons groups.
  • Click on the line next to the Icons group. It should turn into an eye.
  • The icons should now be visible.
  • Left-click twice to select an individual object.
  • Right-click on the object and select copy from the drop-down menu.
  • Right-click on the slide and select paste from the drop-down menu.
  • Left-click twice to select the object that you want to replace.
  • Delete the object.
  • Left-click on your new icon and drag it to the new empty space in the grid layout.
  • Left-click on the icons group.
  • Go to format. Click on group and select ungroup.
  • Select all the icons.
  • Go to format. Click on group and select group.
  • Click on send backward and select send to back.
  • Click on the show all button in the selection pane.
  • The images of Santa will appear and cover the icons.

That’s it! I hope you will enjoy playing the Christmas quiz in the classroom.

Please leave a comment if you have any ideas you would like to share or if you have any questions about the template.

Alternatively, you can send me a message on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!


The Christmas Quiz 2017 was designed with Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. Animations and sounds may differ when opened in other presentation software.
Microsoft® Office® is a copyrighted product of the Microsoft® corporation. All images and media are for educational purposes only.


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