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Wipeout the Test!


We just had our assembly to get ready for "the big test".  Our theme this year is Wipeout the MAP!  What fun the assembly was for everyone.  Teachers dressed up for action and competed in our own special wipeout obstacle course!  Students who had tested advanced in the previous year got to help out with the obstacle course.  
This teacher is getting ready to ride a scooter while student throw balls at her!  Then the teacher has to try to jump rope while being pummeled with pool noodles.  While there were a few more stops on the course, the hit of the day was when students got to try to throw a pie at the teacher as they ran by to a pool full of green jello!!  When their shaving cream pie hit the mark, the crowd went wild!  These teachers who participated were good sports and really got the school ready to wipeout the test!!

I don't like to cram right before the big test, instead choosing to try to prepare all year long.  But I do like to make sure my students are fluent with the words that are likely to be found on the test.  I want to be sure students can read the directions and questions quickly and fluently so they can use their brain power for answering questions and not trying to read them.  I only do these activities for about 5 minutes per time.  One activity that works well is test phrases.  I went through old test released items and chose phrases that would probably be on tests each year.  I typed these phrases onto flashcards and the students spend just a few minutes a couple times a week practicing reading them.

For another group of students, I took words that would probably be found on the test and we did a syllable sort with them.  This was just another way to build fluency using test vocabulary.  It's quick and an easy way for me to see what words they may still need to work on so the reading of the test is the least of what they have to stress over!  

 What do you and your school do to prep for the test?  I would love to hear about it!

13 comments:

  1. How exciting! Sounds like a lot of fun!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  2. Those teachers were great sports. I don't think I could have pulled that off!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  3. What a great way to take away some of the stress surrounding testing! I wish our school could do something similar.
    -Megan

    First Grade Magic

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  4. We do "camps" right before a state test. Fourth grade did writing camp and turned their rooms into campgrounds. It's called Camp Write Along. This week, fifth grade is having science camp. The first two hours of the day is a bunch of science fun, experiements, and test prep questions presented in fun ways - scoot with 102 kids, jeopardy, etc..

    Erica

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

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  5. Love that assembly idea- I may just pass it along to the assembly coordinators this year! We also do a big pep assembly to get the kiddos pumped up. I do a superhero thing to build their confidence. I agree though- cramming doesn't really work but the testing vocabulary can be tricky! We do a graffiti write with some of the math/literacy terms- they get to give an example, draw a picture- they love it!

    Julie
    Light a Fire in Third Grade

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  6. Hi Lori,
    What an exciting assembly!
    I'm your newest follower from TBTS!

    Sandra
    Classroom Companion

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  7. What a great way to motivate your students! I'm glad to see that your school has fun.
    Artistry of Education

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  8. Lori, it was great fun for all of us! :)

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  9. I don't think I could have done it either, Tammy! A couple of the teachers who did participate are more reserved, so this was out of their comfort zone. Kudos to them!

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  10. Megan, maybe your school could start small to have something fun to kick off test time. :)

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  11. Those are great ideas, Erica! The camps sound like so much fun!

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  12. Julie, I love that graffiti idea! That sounds fun and easy to do. :)

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  13. Thank you Sandra and Mary! I appreciate that you both came by. :)

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