The Day Before the STAAR Test

The day before the test.  The day when you go over everything in your head and wonder if you did enough.  The day you want to hammer in last minute strategies.  The day…to have some fun!

You heard me right.  Fun.  That’s what we will be doing tomorrow.  Tuesday is the day of our Math STAAR Test, the state of Texas assessment.  Rather than cramming, we are going to have an egg hunt.  Only our egg hunt will be a little different than Easter egg hunts.


I took all the questions from last year’s released test, cut them apart, and put them into eggs.  I numbered the eggs 1 – 48.  I also created a sheet for students to show their work as they answer the questions.  Students will NOT take the eggs with them after they have completed them.  They will just put the questions back into the eggs and continue on to the next one that they see.


This is a fun way to do some review without it seeming so monotonous.  We have spent the last two weeks reviewing everything we learned over the entire year, so this is something a little more interesting.  It also gets them outside and moving!  Of course, I’ve told them that there will be rewards for questions answered correctly…I just haven’t quite decided what that reward will be.  😉

I’ll do some blogging tomorrow night to let you know how it went.  I’ve done this several times, and the kids always enjoy it.

After we come back inside, we will play a game that is similar to $100,000 Pyramid with vocabulary words.  I know this will be a winner, too!

What do YOU do the day before the big test?  I’d love to know!  I’m always looking for fun ways to help my kiddos enjoy reviewing.  Let me know in the comments!  :)



  1. You did do enough! And the egg hunt sounds way fun!!!! Best wishes to your students!!!

  2. I LOVE the egg hunt idea! Totally using that next year. My kids are 5th graders so we only have Science test on Wednesday but (unfortunately) I will have some retesters in May. It never fails…even if “expected” it is such a bummer when they don’t all knock it out of the park! Hope your kids do well!

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Thanks! You could even use the egg hunt with your Science test or for your retesters. Another thing I used to do before the eggs was a “scavenger hunt” around my room with problems backed with construction paper. Students would go around the room looking for the problems and basically do the same thing. I could see this happening outside if it’s not too windy or sticky out. Something fun without the eggs. Good luck to you, too! :)

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