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A Week of FUN Review!

Last week…as in the week BEFORE Spring Break…my class participated in Game Show Review. (I’ve created a second set of Game Show Review…you can scroll to the bottom for the link.)  In my last post, you saw several kiddos having the time of their lives.

Well…it continued for the rest of the week.  I thought I’d share more fun and sometimes hilarious photos from our games.

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On Wednesday, we played Token of Truth.  It’s sort of like poker, but we had no money…so it can’t be considered as gambling.  :)

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We practiced our spelling skills and homophone identification and proof skills.  In order to allow time for all students to think and get their answers, students were asked to put their hands on their heads until everyone was ready to answer.

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I had my student teacher at one table, her roommate she conned into spending the day with us at another table, and I was at a third table.

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I really enjoyed this day because not only did students have fun, it gave us some small group time to talk about the spelling rules and clear up some misconceptions.  I even took out my handy dandy dry-erase marker and did a little reteach on the table when times called for it.  #imcallingthatawin

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On Thursday we continued with more Minute to Win It games.  The first was water bottle flipping…yes, you heard me right.  Water.  Bottle.  Flipping.  This was their reward for answering questions about quotation marks.  #ishouldwinamedalforthat

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I think the boys had more fun than most of the girls, but they were so motivated and loved every minute of it.

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FYI…there is a certain amount of water needed in the bottles for this awful interesting game.  Apparently if they are really full, they bust open and water flies EVERYWHERE. #speakingfromexperience

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And then there was Face the Cookie.  This was the reward game for answering questions about commas.

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Just look at that smile.  #nootherwordsneeded

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This was definitely a hit with all involved.  😉

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After commas and quotation marks rounds, we did a round of both.  Students were not told whether it was a question about commas or quotation marks.  They just had to look closely and decide for themselves.

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Slug bowling.  One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. Students had to try to knock down the water bottles with their tennis ball.

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Some of them got the hang of it very quickly and knocked over several bottles…

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…while others battled it out or stood over one bottle the entire time.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  #laughsfordays

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On Friday, we played Deal or No Deal with combining sentences.

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There were three types of questions involved.  One asked students to identify if the sentences were combined correctly or incorrectly, one asked the best way to combine the sentences with multiple choice answers, and the last one asked students to combine them on their own. #lastonepictured

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Students who were not answering questions got to hold a briefcase “sealed” with a point value inside.

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When the teams were finished answering the question, they got to choose a case.  Then they decided whether to make a deal or shout, “No deal!!”

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And…of course…at the end they all wanted to reveal what was inside their case. :)

If you can’t tell by looking…we had a BLAST this week!!  Test prep has NEVER been so fun!!

Need something like this to liven up your classroom this last week before STAAR?  Click here for Week 1 or click here for Week 2…coming up!  The lesson plans are designed for one hour of instruction.  If you have more than that, you could even do the plans for BOTH weeks together for even MORE fun.  And if you’d like to read up on our first day, click here.

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I’ll be posting soon about our week coming up.  We are ready for round two of Game Show Review!!

How are you handling your last week before STAAR?  Drop a comment below!

Until next time…

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Let the Games Begin!

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  We had a BLAST today, y’all!

**PSA: We had a field trip yesterday, so we started our review today.**

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Excuse how dark this picture is…but we turned off the lights, played music, and let the kids just take in the scenery.  So yeah…not great lighting for snapping pictures. #notetoself  It was so much fun to watch their faces as they walked into the room.

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We started by using the cards from the Game Show Review Week pack I posted this weekend.  In order to keep them from looking at each others’ answers, I had them put their hands on their head to signal they were ready to answer the question.  All other team members were required to look at the sentence and silently answer it, too. And I have to say…they did really well!

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It was very tense at times… #lookatthatfocus

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Then came the games.  Turns out…it’s much harder to get a cotton ball off of your nose when it’s pasted on with Vaseline than you might think.

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But moving M&Ms with a straw isn’t as hard.  They plowed through that one SUPER fast. #maybetheyreexperts

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They didn’t seem to have much trouble with this one.  They were just bummed that I didn’t buy them their own personal M&Ms.  But they lived.  Scouts honor.

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They are also MUCH better at slinging ping pong balls out of tissue boxes tied around their waists than I am, that’s for sure!

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Even the crowd was quite pleased (and maybe a little nervous at times…) with watching our last game of the day. #bewareofflyingpingpongballs

To say I’m exhausted after today would be an understatement.  My feet hurt.  I’m mentally drained.  But it was oh so worth it.

I’m ready for Day 2.  :)

So I leave you with the BEST picture of the day.  THIS is what I saw today.  THIS is what made our day awesome.  THIS is why I have decided to just say “NO” to traditional test prep with boring worksheets.  THIS is test prep for us.  😉

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Until next time…

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Game Show Test Prep

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to have some fun with test prep!  No boring worksheets.  No monotony of same thing, different day.  Nope.  Not having it.
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So…I created something that kids are SURE to LOVE!!  GAME SHOW WEEK!!

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We are calling it “STAAR of the Show” in our room.  It’s a BIG secret right now as to what we will be doing next week, so if you see any of my students, don’t tell them!!  Haha.

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This is just the first set that reviews revising and editing.  I will be creating another set for the week before STAAR that includes writing and some mixed skill review.

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There are over 150…yes…ONE HUNDRED FIFTY cards to help students practice their skills in teams and battle it out to earn the most points.

Who WOULDN’T have fun with Minute to Win It games, table games, task cards, and Deal or No Deal?!?! I’m so excited!!

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My student teacher and I have been busy prepping our room for the fun times to come.

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This is going to be awesome.  I’ll check back in soon to let you know how it’s going!!

Interested in getting in on the fun? Just click here to grab a set for yourself! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Until next time…

 

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