Test prep doesn’t have to be boring and stressful for the teachers or the students! We try to keep some of our test prep activities super engaging and fun to keep our kids from getting stressed. Here is one of my favorites that I love doing, and it works perfectly for the time of year.
For this activity, I gathered multiple choice test prep questions (you could use constructed response or short answer) and cut them up. Since I pulled the questions from multiple test prep sources, I re-numbered them on the back with a marker. I folded the questions and put them into plastic eggs. I made about 100 eggs because we joined another class for the activity. The eggs were hidden on the side of the building that way they would be separated from the other egg hunting activities that typically take place on the playground.
Next, I had my kids pair up or make groups of three. The students were given a recording sheet to record their answers and a clipboard or something to bear down on.
Here are the instructions I gave my students:
- Find an egg. (No other group can have the egg already.)
- Open the egg. Work together to read and discuss the problem. Then record the question number and the answer the question on the recording sheet. Explain or prove your answer on the same recording sheet.
- Replace the question in the egg and put it back in its hiding location.
It was a huge success! The students loved it, and I loved hearing their discussions as they solved the problems. We used Science and Social Studies questions for this, and it worked perfectly!
If you want to grab the recording sheet, you can grab it by clicking here or clicking on the images below.
How do you keep test prep fun and engaging? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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