Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Test Preppiness

We are down to single digits!  Single digits people!  Only 9 more wake-ups till the end of the year.  And this year flew by - I can't believe it's almost over!

I have to say that I am pretty lucky that state testing doesn't exist (yet!) for 2nd graders in my state.  However, the minute they get into 3rd grade, they have to do a HUGE state test.  Seriously, can anyone think of a better time to give a major statewide test than a month into the school year?  Beginning of October my poor babies will be put to the test.  Literally.  Since Back-to-School isn't busy enough, let's throw in some bubble sheets.  Sheesh.

Needless to say, the last unit of math, reading and writing in 2nd grade is test prep.  BORING!  I need help!  What are some things that you do to spice up preparing for a test??  Any and all ideas are welcome!  Really.  I mean it.  ANY ideas.

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  1. I always like to make a game out of it. Many times I will make a Jeopardy powerpoint & divide my kids up in teams for test prep. It's fun & it gets the concept across.
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. I did a lot of games, Sento activities, and lots of stuff on dry erase boards. One year, I printed off a picture of our governor and introduced him to the class and explained he was in charge of our state and therefore would be grading our tests so we needed to do really, really, really well on our them. :)
    Lisa
    Stories From Second

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    1. Haha that's great! I usually tell the president will see their scores!

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  3. I don't have any tips... but my second graders have their standardized tests in September as third graders! I feel like I probably should have done some test prep - but I teach at a private school so the scores aren't super important, so I guess I'll just focus on it next year. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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    1. That's even earlier than us! Good Luck!

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  5. WHAT! They state test in October? That seems so crazy! There is so much knowledge lost over the summer months :( poor babies! We state test in 3rd grade too (big time... as in the students know starting in like 1st grade if they don't pass the test in 3rd, they can't go onto 4th grade) I'm already nervous because I'm looping with my kiddos! Anyways, enjoy your last few days with you students. I have 5 days and a half day left. Come on Summer! :)

    Katie
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  6. That is so crazy!!! I turn things into a game a lot (get a question right, shoot a basket, earn points for the people you are sitting with, give a skittle, etc).

    Every New Beginning Blog

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    1. Oo I like the shoot a basket idea - thanks!

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  7. I always give smarties to "help" them! I've used special test pencils in the past too. Sometimes we play "trivia night" where the kiddos are allowed to have a snack and sit in tables like at an adult trivia night as they answer questions!

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  8. October?!?! That must freak those 3rd grade teacher out - talk about pressure! eeeek!! In TX we test in March and April!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. March and April make a LOT more sense!

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  9. Does your state retest their third graders at all? In Ohio, my third graders took our state reading test in October, but we used it for more baseline data collection and to get the kids used to the test than anything else. Then they took a different format of the test again in April, along with our math assessment.
    Lisa
    Stories From Second

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