Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Music to My Ears & Testing Linky

Today has been quite a busy day.  It started off with our heading to the symphony.  Our school district sends every fourth and fifth grader to Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center to watch the symphony perform.  A-MAZING!  We listened to Mozart, Duke Ellington, and the Harry Potter theme song by John Williams.  The concert was great!

AMAZING ORCHESTRA

My girls being very proper!  Legs crossed, hands on knees!  :)

I love to see them dressed up! 
This is what we have to look like normally.  Not that they don't look fantastic, but it's a...uniform.







I'm linking up with Cara over at Teaching...My Calling with some more ideas for testing time.  I'm a true believer in games, games, and more games.  If we are going to skill and drill learn  the facts, the least we can do is make it fun!  Are you looking for a pre-made gameboard?  Well click here for a bunch of them.  I simply print the boards and put them on the inside of a file folder like so:
Game board, question cards, pieces, die

Close up of the 1/2 index cards (answers on the back) and the little pieces that I hot glue to the game pieces (this gives them something a little more solid to move around the game board).
 All you need is a group of question cards and you're ready to go.  Years past, I have just let the kids make them up off of the interactive notes, study guides, book info, flipbooks, etc.  I do check them to make sure they are worthy, of course! I hand them 1/2 of an index card and make it a homework activity on whichever topic I want. The object of the game is to make your workload light. You can always make your own set with old tests too!  Simple, cheap, and fun!

Also, I wanted to remind everyone of my ZAP game.  It is great for testing review!  You can use it with any questions you want.  I'll link you back to my earlier post for those of you who haven't seen it already.  It went WILD on Pinterest and someone requested that I list what I put on the cards because they don't have a TPT account, so that's been fixed on my post.  Try it, I promise you'll like it!  :)



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5 comments :

  1. I am your biggest game fan!! I absolutely love the ones you have created! Your KABOOM! game is wonderful! I changed it a little for writing, and it worked so well! My next project is your ZAP! game! Thanks for sharing!

    Tammy
    Confessions of a Fourth Grade Teacher

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  2. Thanks, Tammy! :) I'd love to see your writing Kaboom! I think you should share it! It really is a game that can be used for just about anything...that's part of the beauty! :) I have more games coming...stay tuned.

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    Tammy
    Confessions of a Fourth Grade Teacher

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  4. We played "ZAP" today!! My kids loved it!! Believe it or not, I already had a poster with library pockets stuck to it that I had planned to use for something else at the beginning of the year. The game is great because I can use it at any time for any subject. :-)

    Tammy
    Confessions of a Fourth Grade Teacher

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