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[LOA] Family Feud

Once you see the ladder of abstraction you can’t unsee it. Family Feud is a game show that’s played on the ladder. When Steve Harvey says, “Name something that gets passed around,” that’s a higher level of abstraction than all of the items listed: a joint and the collection plate at church.

Every other quality of the joint and collection plate is eliminated except their passed-around-ness.

Which game show works in the other direction, giving you lots of items and asking you to move one level of abstraction higher to the category that includes them?

2013 Mar 18. Andrew Stadel mentioned on Twitter that he gives students on level of Family Feud’s abstraction (the joint and the collection plate) and asks students what higher level of abstraction they all belong to (“things you pass around”). Great idea, easily adaptable to mathematics also.

11 Responses to “[LOA] Family Feud”

  1. on 13 Mar 2013 at 8:28 amJason Dyer


  2. on 13 Mar 2013 at 9:06 amLarissa


  3. on 13 Mar 2013 at 9:07 amChris Robinson


  4. on 13 Mar 2013 at 9:28 amPseu

    Is the n-Thousand Dollar Pyramid still on?

  5. on 13 Mar 2013 at 11:03 amSimon Willerton

    The BBC’s Only Connect.

  6. on 13 Mar 2013 at 11:03 amAndreas

    What is Jeopardy?


  7. on 13 Mar 2013 at 11:05 amAndrew Browning-Couch

    Definitely the Pyramid

  8. on 13 Mar 2013 at 2:37 pmSarah

    I thought of the Pyramid as well.

  9. on 14 Mar 2013 at 9:43 amDerek

    I use two different games in my class: Tribond and Clever Endeavor. The questions come in a box like trivia pursuit. These are great at the end of the hour when I need to eat up a few extra minutes.

  10. on 14 Mar 2013 at 5:41 pmJason

    Definitely Pyramid, especially the awesome bonus round. One partner (usually the celebrity) needs to make a list (very strict rules about this actually) and the other player needs to say the category. Many great clips of this on YouTube, last I knew Billy Crystal had the record even. And it also works great in math class, I’ll post more about it but gotta run to school now.

  11. on 16 Mar 2013 at 10:49 pmJason

    Writing a blog post about playing The Pyramid Game in class turned into a much deeper rat hole than I anticipated. A little Keynote and Illustrator work later though and the I think the results are decent.

    Here is a link: