It’s that time of year! Take a deep breath. You’ve got this! Our students have prepped all year and we know they’ve learned a lot. We don’t want to freak our students out or jam too many worksheets into their day or we’re going to lose them and waste valuable time. So what do we do to ensure we’ve reviewed and refreshed their memory?
A classic….. for a good reason too. Task cards keep our kids entertained. You can have them going from one skill to another or give your students the opportunity to practice a specific skill.
There are so many different ways to use task cards!
- SCOOT – Have students move around the room looking for cards and recording their answers.
- White boards – Sometimes I’ll project a task card on my Smartboard and ask students to write their answer. Then I’ll shout 3..2..1…FLIP and every student shows me their answer.
- Computers – There are SO many digital task cards available. Students can quietly work in a center and answer task cards. Depending on how the cards are designed they can receive immediate feedback as well.
- Make them into a game – Have students partner up or get into groups. They can take turns reading each other the cards and receive immediate feedback on their answers.
Scholastic magazines are great sources for examining informational texts and practicing reading skills. Depending on what skill I’m trying to highlight (summarizing, text features, sequence, etc) I give students a skill driven graphic organizer & a Scholastic magazine.
My students loveeee using these! They always feel so mature reading through their magazine and I let them pick whichever article they want! Giving students a choice in what they read and dissect makes such a difference.
3. Classroom Games
Sink or Swim – Divide students into 2 teams and sit them across from one another. To begin ask one team a question, if they get the answer correct they are able to sink one person from the other team. To prevent awkwardness, assign each student on the team a number and have students sink a student’s number instead of saying their name. Then ask team number two a question. This process continues until one team has no remaining players. (Teachhub.com)
Punctuation Paintball – Go to Iknowthat.com and play Punctuation Paintball. It’s a great way for students to review their grammar skills! Students use a paintball gun to splatter a word once they get it correct.
Life Size Memory – Literally! Make big sized memory cards that students can flip!
4. Classroom Transformations
There’s a rumor going around that classroom transformations are time consuming and expensive. And they can be! But they don’t HAVE to be. It’s what YOU make it.
For example, if you transform your classroom into a hospital you need gloves, tablecloths, and cut and paste activities. You don’t have to go full out with gowns, gloves, and stethoscopes. You do what YOU can to engage them.
Classroom transformations are an AMAZING way to disguise test prep. It also helps kids have some fun before they are buckled down by tests.
Just remember no matter what you choose to incorporate into your classroom, your students are more then their test score…and so are YOU 🙂