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So You Know the Government game show

from Ohio History Connection

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In So You Know the Government, teams of students will compete against each other as they answer questions about the origins, structure, and responsibilities of federal, state and local government. Our game shows provide teachers with an active and engaging way to assess student success in an informal setting.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $125.00

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Please allow up to 5 business days to have your program request processed.


30 - 45 minutes; program length can be adjusted to accommodate most class periods

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners seniors Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

Minimum of 6 participants

Maximum participants:

We prefer groups of 35 or fewer participants but can make exceptions.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

We ask that program reservations be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Be sure to list an alternate date in your program request in the event that your requested date isn't available. Please allow up to 5 business days to have your request processed.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to inclement weather. The full presentation fee will be charged to sites, which cancel with less than 24 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Ohio History Connection

Columbus, OH
United States

Virtual Learning Experiences from the Ohio History Connection offer an engaging, blended learning adventure that brings history to life for students, educators, and lifelong learners of all ages. Our award-winning, live and interactive programs can easily be accessed at your site with equipment you’re likely to already have. Join us as we use the tools of history to understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us through the lens of curiosity.

Our mission is to spark discovery of Ohio's stories, embrace the present, share the past and transform the future. Connecting people throughout the nation and the world to the stories of Ohio is a part of our daily work and is accomplished through educational efforts such as our distance learning programming. 

The Ohio History Connection inspires all learners to use the tools of history to understand ourselves and each other, to experience our world with curiosity, and to engage as change-makers in our communities.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection and the State of Ohio have maintained a longtime public-private relationship whereby the Ohio History Connection carries out dozens of history services for Ohio and its citizens.

Matt Schullek

Program Details


1. Categories, scoring, and rules of the game show are reviewed.
2. Round One
3. Commercial Break
4. Round Two
5. Commercial Break
6. Final Round
7. Closing comments

Round One Categories
In the Beginning - Founding of American government
Executive Decision - Executive branch of government
I Am the Law - Legislative branch of government
Now in Session - Judicial branch of government

Round Two Categories
State the Facts - State government
Your Hometown - Local government
Fight For Your Rights - Civil rights issues
Role With It (4-8 grade only) - General responsibilities of government
I’m a Bill (9-12 grade only) - Process of a bill becoming a law

Game Show Overview and Rules
Before the Game
• Divide class into three teams – red, green, and yellow.
• Each team will need one sheet of paper and a pen or pencil to write down their answer to the Final Round question and any other questions that may require a written response.
• Select a spokesperson for each team who will provide their answers in a loud, clear voice.
• In order to make sure everyone gets a chance to participate, we encourage teachers to assign category topic experts on each team to help the team respond to questions.
• Game consists of two rounds of questions and a final round question.
• Teams will have approximately 15 seconds to answer a question unless otherwise specified.
• The host will only read the question and possible answers once. All teams should pay attention and be ready to respond to the question if the team before them answers incorrectly as the question and answers will be removed from the screen.
• Round One: 50 points
• Round Two: 100 points
• Final Round: 1000 points
• If a team answers incorrectly the next team up has the opportunity to answer. Point values are the same.


1. Students will recall & show their knowledge of the structure, foundations and functions of federal, state, and local government
2. Students will demonstrate active listening and critical thinking skills while making decisions.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Questions covering the following content standards may be asked over the course of the program...

National Standards Connection

NCTE – ELA K-12.4 Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
NCTE – ELA K-12.12 Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

NCSS - SS.2 Time, Continuity, and Change
NCSS - SS.5 Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
NCSS - SS.6 Power, Authority, and Governance
NCSS - SS.8 Science, Technology, and Society
NCSS - SS.9 Global Connections
NCSS - SS.10 Civic Ideals and Practices

Common Core Standards
ELA CCSS: SL.3.1, SL.3.2, SL.3.3
ELA CCSS: SL.4.1, SL. 4.2, SL.4.3
ELA CCSS: SL.5.1, SL.5.2, SL.5.3
ELA CCSS: SL.6.1, SL.6.2, SL.6.3
ELA CCSS: SL.7.1, SL, 7.2, SL.7.3
ELA CCSS: SL.8.1, SL.8.2, SL.8.3
ELA CCSS: SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.3
ELA CCSS: SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.3

State Standards

Question content will cover concepts addressed in the following learning standards:

Ohio’s Social Studies Learning Standards
Grade 4
Theme: Ohio in the United States
Government Strand
Topics: Civic Participation and Skills, Rules and Laws, and Roles and Systems of Government
Grade 8
Theme: U.S. Studies From 1492 to 1877: Exploration Through Reconstruction
History Strand
Topics: Colonization to Independence and A New Nation
Government Strand
Topics: Roles and Systems of Government
High School
American History course
Topic: Founding Documents
American Government course
Topics: Civil Involvement, Civic Participation and Skills, Basic Principles of the U.S. Constitution, Structure and Functions of the Federal Government, Role of the People, Ohio’s State and Local Governments, Public Policy

Ohio’s K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards
Competency C: Social Awareness
C1: Recognize, identify and empathize with the feelings and perspective of others
Competency D: Relationship Skills
D1: Apply positive verbal and non-verbal communication and social skills to interact effectively with others and in groups
D3: Demonstrate the ability to prevent, manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways
Competency E: Responsible Decision-Making
E1: Develop, implement and model effective decision and critical thinking skills

Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology
STRAND: Society and Technology
The interconnectedness of technology, self, society and the natural world, specifically addressing the ethical, legal, political and global impact of technology.
Topic 2: Analyze the impact of communication and collaboration in both digital and physical environments.
Grade 3 - 5
Exercise digital etiquette when communicating and collaborating.
Grade 6 - 8
Apply appropriate interactions and digital etiquette in varying contexts, reflecting upon potential impacts in both digital and physical environments.
Grade 9 - 12
Describe and demonstrate professionalism and civility in communications and collaborative environments.
Manage and adjust appropriate interactions and digital etiquette in varying contexts, in digital, physical and cultural environments.