The purpose of this game is to retain interest of the students by simulating a basketball game. Give points for correct answers to gospel questions in lieu of baskets. Remind the students that any competition is between the two teams, and they (the students) are members of a team and are not competing with other members of their team. This game is a good way to review previous lessons.
Play the game as follows.
- Make a list of gospel questions that pertain to the lessons involved. You will probably need 40 or 50 questions, depending on how much time is spent playing this game.
- Divide the class into two teams, and have the teams choose names for the teams.
- Write the team names on the chalk board. Points will be accumulated by the teams, and the total number of points, at any given time, will be written under the appropriate name. One number can be written representing the total points, or hash marks can be placed under each name, and the total points calculated at the end of the game.
- Have the teams decide which team will get the first question and give 2 points if the question is answered correctly. If the question is answered incorrectly, no points are given.
- After each correct answer, the next question is directed to the other team.
Variations: Have more difficult questions used for optional 3-point shots, and easier questions used for 1-point free shots. In this case, it will be helpful if the teacher has three lists of questions and uses a given list according to the wishes of the students.
Variations: Have the game simulate a volleyball game and give one point for each correct answer.