Monday, April 5, 2010
Mathletic All-School Review
Tomorrow my eigth graders will begin their state assessment testing. Technology has really made a big difference helping to make review activities fun. This past week we played Are You Smarter than an 8th Grader?, 20 Questions, and Big Board Review, giving students some fun practice using released items from the state, along with some other fun review games. (Feel free to change names, questions, or add to the games attached.) A favorite review activity of mine and my students is our annual all-school mathletic review. We hold it in the gym. All you need is a collection of review questions. We have our contest during homeroom at the end of the day, and each homeroom participates. Classes are divided into groups of 3-4 students each. I create enough review booklets of about 14-16 questions with one review question per page for each student group. Students leave the booklets upside down until I tell them to tear off one of the questions, one at a time. I give them a certain amount of time to answer the question before my graders run around collecting from each homeroom. I share the correct answer, talk about testing strategies...maybe even sing a song or two. Winning homerooms are announced. It is lots of work, but it is worth the effort, and students love it. This year students' results were the best ever... Now let's see how they do on the assessment!