Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Trying to Squeeze it All In!

I know I'm not alone in feeling frustrated and overwhelmed this time of year.   When the teachers are feeling a little worse for wear and kiddies are a tad overwhelmed, you know it's Standardized Testing Season! 

This sweet little board inspired by One Lesson at a Time reminds both my students and I that we love to learn!  The last few weeks we've been trying to squeeze in as much as we can until that big monster of a test arrives.  Here are some of the fun activities we've been doing throughout the day...

First up is Polygon Post-Its! I borrowed this rug from our Math Enrichment Teacher, threw down a cup of markers, and some Post-Its and told the kids to go to town during their snack break.  The kids had fun counting up the sides and identifying the different polygons. 


These story cubes were a lot of fun to make and a simple organizer.  After reading independently students filled out the six sides of the cube with the following:
1. Title & Author
2. Characters
3. Setting
4. Problem
5. Solution
6. Theme/Lesson


Next up we had a polygon hunt with our iPads and snapped about 1,000 pictures in 10 minutes! Ha! They just LURVE to use that camera!  Afterwards, we used Show Me as a way to organize our photos and identify the different polygons in our classroom. 

My students have LOVED getting to play Piece of Cake an idiom memory matching game! I'm so thankful for this product, it's been especially helpful for my population of ELL students who so often struggle with figurative language.  You can purchase a copy for yourself HERE.


Last, we had fun making these rainbow fraction tiles.  I laid out the strips and had pre-folded the thirds and sixths for my kiddies.  It was time a time consuming, but worthwhile project! I liked having the kids make the tiles instead of using printed out fraction tiles I've used before.

So, there you have it! We've been trying to have some fun during this stressful time of the school year and soon we will be able to breathe a sigh of relief! It'll be all over soon!

Wishing you peace of mind and serenity during this time,

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  1. I'm so glad you're trying to make it fun in your room while doing review of concepts. It's so important because if not...we will totally lose the our brains and so will the kiddies. I'm so ready for it to all be over and we don't even start testing until April. Time to get sassy!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I love those colorful fraction strips! I just love seeing pictures of your room - so bright and colorful!