Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Update...Mostly in pictures!

Ahhhhhh.  Do you hear that?  It's the sound of a post tcap sigh.  I survived my first tcap test as a 4th grade reading teacher.

In the two weeks leading up to tcap, I tried to come up with different ways to review concepts.  The students had fun, and really impressed me!  Here's a few pictures of just some of the games we played:
 Bazinga!  The kids loved this game...and it didn't take long to put together!
I used review questions from many different sources, with a few "bazinga!" cards to make the game a little more interesting.
 A closer look at the Bazinga! board.  I want to add more to it for next year.
 Study Island...I love this resource!  Do any of you use it?!
 Tic Tac Toe on a shower curtain bought at the dollar store.
Students were able to throw a rubber puck towards a square if they answered a question correctly.

 Partner Questioning

My door leading up to tcap.  I love baseball!
 Test taking tips on baseballs.

 More Study Island...
 My treat for my students Monday morning!

 Threw this one in for fun.  I promised my students if they worked their hardest all week, we could listen their favorite song.  What did my homeroom vote for?  A Christmas song...in May.  (I'm not going to lie...I do love this song!)  So, you can be sure...we danced around my classroom to snow globe, even though it was 80 degrees outside that day!
Now that testing is done, we are in full swing for our annual wax museum project.  Right now, most students have completed their speeches.  These two are filming each other on my iPad, so that they can go back and watch themselves.  They are responsible for pointing out something they did well and something they think the need to work on for our performance.


  1. Hi Sara,

    Welcome to the blogging world! I found you through Fun in First Grade's New Teacher Blog Feature.

    Your Snow Globe story made me laugh!

    We use Study Island at our school as well. We also Benchmark students in math and reading with SI.

    We've been testing a lot lately. I hope students can keep up their momentum until we're finally finished!

    I'm a new follower! :)
    Read with Me ABC

    1. Wendy,
      Thanks for the kind words! I use SI as a classroom assessment on certain topics through the year.

      Best of luck to your students!

      I just checked out your blog...I loved all the baseball books! I'll be picking up a few of those this summer, for sure!


  2. I love idea on this post! Thanks for sharing.

    Chickadee Jubilee

    1. Laurie,
      Thanks! I also live in a state with no MLB team (though I grew up with one very close!). I do have a AAA team that I like to go see with friends in the summer!
      Your blog is adorable!