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Are you looking for some fun ways to engage students in test prep activities? Try using games to get students involved in test review! Having a set of games is best, because students can be broken into small groups to rotate through the activities. Limiting students to groups of 3 or 4 is best, because fewer students actively participate in larger groups.

How can teachers get data on student knowledge from games? Integrate test review questions with easy to play games! Students complete the review as they play the game, then turn in their review packets. Teachers can then analyze the errors to see where more lessons and review are needed.

As state testing sneaks up on us, teachers start to wonder what else they can do to prepare their students. There are so many reading and language standards to cover before testing! 4th grade Florida teachers also have to make sure students are prepared for the writing test. With so much to cover, how do teachers know where to put more effort?

Many teachers wait until a week or two before testing to start their test prep practice. Instead of waiting til the bitter end, start test review about 4 - 6 weeks earlier. With a comprehensive set of test prep activities, teachers could analyze student work and determine where they need more support.

Complete Review Practice For 4th Grade ELA State Test

Every year, I dreaded the countdown to FSA state testing. There was never enough time to fit everything in - or at least teach all concepts to mastery. In addition, cramming in test prep just seemed rushed and, well, not very effective. 

It occurred to me that I did test prep practice like this every single year. Then one time I had this thought: Instead of reviewing at the last minute, why not review a few weeks earlier? 

Comprehensive Practice for 3rd Grade ELA Test Prep

Whether you teach upper elementary, middle grades, or high school, test prep can either be fun - or a total bore. If you want students to really be engaged, test review needs to be fun and involve as many students as possible. Especially in upper grades, when students are less likely to attempt an answer because they don't want to look "dumb," teachers needs to use test review that involves smaller groups. There are so many games out there that teachers can use - and many of them take very little prep. So how can teachers divide up their class into manageable groups?

Are you looking for some fun, low prep ideas for test prep in your classroom? Learn about 5 engaging test review game ideas for your classroom. These test review games would work in any classroom - upper elementary, middle school, or high school. They are also adaptable to different subject areas.

Here's how to get started planning your test prep:

  1. First determine how many different review games you want to have.
  2. Create on your student groups. Keep individual game play to 3 kids if possible - no more than I have found that more means some kids are just sitting around. If you need to have more than 4, just break the group into two and have two sets of games at each station.
  3. If you teach language arts and want to do a practice test, I would plan to do that before the review games. (Fun stuff last.) However, if you are reviewing for social studies, math, or science, you would review first so you could see which areas the class still needs to review. It just doesn't work as well in reading, because they need to read longer passages.
  4. Plan about 30 minutes for each review game session

Personally, I recommend having four or five test prep games. Teachers could rotate groups through that many activities in a week. 30 minutes is a nice chunk of time to set aside. It's enough time to play a game but short enough that most kids will stay on task.

Teachers have a variety of options for summative assessments. Students could create a project designed by the teacher to assess learning, but sometimes teachers just want to give a test to determine which concepts students have mastered. However, to really get a clear picture of student learning, multiple choice questions need to be well-constructed and require higher level thinking.

How to Write Multiple Choice Questions that Make the Grade

So what makes a good multiple choice question?
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