I just finished preparing for my annual classroom Easter egg hunt! It took me about 10 minutes to prepare this activity! It was ten minutes of prep that results in some of the most engaging test prep in my classroom! Inside each of the eggs, I have placed mini task cards with all kinds of third grade math and ELA questions. I hide the eggs all over our classroom. The kids find an egg, bring it back to their desk, record their answer and then return the egg. Do you want a good laugh during the hunt? I make my kids hop to retrieve eggs. Like a bunny! It is hilarious! Third graders are pretty darn competitive. I give them a time limit. When our time is up, we check the answers together. The person who correctly completed the most questions receives an award. My daughter won last year! I love that all of my kids are super engaged, moving and reviewing third grade math and ELA skills. You can find all of my questions, an answer key and award in my TpT store. Just cl...
Standardized testing is right around the corner. I think we can all agree that standardized testing is one of the worst parts of teaching. I get to keep my third graders in their desk, taking a test, for four hours straight on three separate days. Great teachers know that this is not healthy! No matter how much we dislike the tests, we have to give them. So why not throw in some fun?!!! I have some ideas for you! Several years ago, I decided that it would be fun to have a theme for test prep. I LOVE themes! Since it happened in the spring, right when spring training is going strong, I decided that baseball would be the best theme. Lots of my students play Little League and so they get very excited about the baseball theme. Testing is a lot like a sports game! You practice hard. You get a good night of sleep and eat healthy. You show up on "game day" and do your very best. First, I have students write their spring training goals. Students write about what they need ...