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.**


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.


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!


It was very tense at times… #lookatthatfocus


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.


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


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.


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!


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.  😉


Until next time…



  1. Angie Dear says:

    We had a carbon copy kind of day!!! They loved it!!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. J. Allen says:

    How do the games tie in to your review?

    • Kayla Shook says:

      These were more as a reward for participating. Each day is something different. Today they were playing a game during the review. They had tokens and had to put one out to play. Tomorrow they will earn extra time for games based on their total points. The games also add to their team’s running total. I’ve promised an awesome prize for the winning team (after two weeks) for each class, so it’s all tied together. Hopefully that makes sense!

  3. DKubesch says:

    OMG! I wish I had seen this earlier.
    My students are having a blast and are not realizing that they are reviewing….so much better .than pencil/paper review. I am having the time of my life!!
    Thanks for all you do for writing teachers everywhere.
    Wishing your students much success next week!
    Stay Calm and Write On!


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