Stop Standardized Test Stress!

Apr 8th 2014

Does the thought of standardized testing make you cringe? Stop the standardized test stress with these three easy, engaging classroom activities. 1.Testing Worry Pockets: Read Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes and make text connections to  Wemberly and her worries.  Discuss students’ […]

Standardized Testing Good Luck Hands

Mar 31st 2014

Standardized testing often causes anxiety and stress for students. I alleviate these worries and build students’ self-esteem with Standardized Testing Khamsas (Good Luck Hands), part of our Standardized Test Prep Unit. The khamsa, which means five in Arabic, is a […]

Test Prep Center

Apr 13th 2012

Motivate students to prepare for upcoming standardized tests with the creation of a fun, engaging test prep center. I created “The Standardized Testing Swamp” in my classroom. Both Tina Turtle, Troubled Test Taker and Frankie, Fumbling Fox, are posted at […]

Standardized Testing Good Luck Hands (Khamsas)

Apr 10th 2012

Looking for a fun art project to motivate and encourage students for standardized testing? Make khamsas, or good luck hands. Khamsas have been used in northern Africa for centuries–most are made out of silver or gold and embellished with gemstones […]

Standardized Test Prep

Apr 5th 2012

Standardized testing is now a major component of education. Yet, just the mention of a standardized test causes major anxiety for students, teachers and parents. Astute Hoot has the answer for this anxiety! Unlike other test prep units that focus […]