I know what you’re thinking! Preparing for those state standardized tests is not a FUN task! That’s why it is so important to “sneak” it into your instruction, and daily routine, all year long!
Years ago, I used to spend a good two to three months (at least) before the test reviewing and cramming as much content as I could into every second of the day. I have slowly been finding ways to reduce this stress in my classroom. In this post, I am going to talk about 2 of the most effective ways I am preparing my students for the State Math Tests all year long.
#1 Reviewing Content during Math Centers
I find that when I continuously review standards during math centers, my students are way more likely to retain what I have taught them!! You can do this simply by including a review game as one of your math center rotations each week. I am constantly changing out my review game center to ensure my students are always practicing.
To help me accomplish this, I created a series of math games (all aligned to the Common Core, of course) that allow my students to practice testing strategies while reviewing the concepts they are responsible for knowing on test day! Each math game comes in a tennis can (trying to play off the name “I CAN”….lol) Each can contains 40 “test like” questions (some multiple choice and some short answer). To make it more fun, they also have QR codes for self-checking! 🙂