Monday, April 23, 2012

ROCK the Test! & A Summer Practice Packet

Today the whole 2nd grade joined my class in our ROCK the Test Day!  We spent the day reviewing test taking tips and strategies to help ease our anxiety (our state tests are Tuesday through Friday of this week!).  Our rockin' review would not be complete without a little dress up...

Here is a picture of my sweet colleague, Mrs. Penn, and myself. 
I know.  Don't hate 'cause we look so awesome. 


We used Tiffany Gannon's patterns to make these adorable rock stars.  My kids really enjoyed personalizing their rockers and guitars!


I even "interviewed" my rockers periodically throughout the day, using my fake microphone.  I'd randomly pull the mic out of my back pocket and ask a question like, "What do you plan to eat for breakfast tomorrow to help get you ready for the test?" or "Quick! You work the math problem but none of the answer choices match your answer.  What do you do??"  {I would then shove the microphone in a child's face and wait patiently for a response.} This worked out so well!  My kids would literally drop whatever they were doing the second they saw me reach for my mic.  It's amazing how many tips they picked up just from listening to one another.  My kids even borrowed my mic at recess time and ran around questioning each other.  Priceless!

Bless her heart.  This was at the end of the day so please excuse the runny make up and wild hair! :)
All in all, I think today's activities really helped mentally prepare my kiddos and boost their confidence.  Totally worth it.

On a completely unrelated matter, I wanted to let everyone know that I posted my Kindergarten Review Practice Packet last night!  It works great as a summer packet to help prepare kindergartners for 1st grade.  It even works as a review packet for the first few weeks of 1st during kindergarten review time.  You can click the image to download the preview and check out all of the skills it covers.

Don't forget to enter my mega giveaway if you haven't already!  The winners will be announced on Saturday!  Click {HERE} to see the 22 contributing bloggers and to enter.

Have a rockin' week!


  1. I love your rock the test day, what a great way to prepare!

    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

  2. Your class looks so fun! Good luck to your students on the test!

  3. What a great way to encourage those kiddos! I love this creative idea.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  4. Wow! This is just what I needed. I am definitely going to buy this and give it to my kinders to prepare for first grade!
    Thanks, Mary!

  5. I just found your adorable blog! Thanks for mentioning the rock stars!



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