Showing posts with label standard Test. Show all posts
Showing posts with label standard Test. Show all posts

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Operation Rocky--You Vs. The Test! Standardized Test Project

Operation Rocky--You Vs. The Test! First things first, you must hype of this exercise! You have to sell it! More on this below.
The goal of this project is for students to train for their big upcoming fight (the state test). To do this they must go through daily fights via daily 2-4 question quizzes.
Each day you will give a lecture about an upcoming topic for their state test, at the end of the class each student will take a 2-4 question quiz with a picture of the guy they are fighting for that day. At the end of class, you tally of the grades and mark on a poster if the student won or loss with tally marks
How to plan:
You might not have enough time to re-cover every topic on the test, so pick the top 5-10.

How to introduce the project and make it successful

This is huge! Your kids should be pumped to take on these quizzes, how do you do this?

1st Go out and buy the Rocky soundtrack or at least the theme song and play it everyday during this exercise.

2nd Have students come up with their own fight name Mr. "Mountain-do-the-Dew" Dyke!

3rd Have posters made listing each students name and their fight name with two columns wins and losses

4th Each quiz should have a pic of who they are fighting

5th Play Rocky during the quizzes

6th Say corny of cliché things to get them pumped up like "its you vs. the quiz", "you can do this", "let's see what you got"

7th There is a powerpoint in "math downloads"

Finally, just to give you an overall idea, i would walk around the class punching kids in the arm, allowing kids to punch their quizzes, screaming "Are YOU READY!", doing pushups, jogging in place screaming "we won't go down without a fight". For most this is too over the top

One thing i would redo, is to allow rematches for each quiz

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Is It Standardized Test Time Again? Formula Sheet Help

At this stage in the year educators begin preparing their students for Standardized Tests (and if your schools are like most, your job, raise, promotion, may be on the line).  

Though I'm sure we all have our opinions as to the merits of this system, nevertheless. Hands on Math is here to help :)

First things first! We need to create some buzz for the formula sheets! 

Our formula sheet, what we wanted our students to remember and write down before they began the test, looked like the following

Now, this is slightly too much for one sitting of memorization, thus it was proposed by my old colleagues to break it up in quadrants. Like so...

Not bad, but we can do more. We want students to know something goes somewhere but  where?

I suppose we remedy this with the use of tetris pieces

Are New Formula Sheet looks Like The Following

Now Students can remember shapes to remember where something goes. I will be posting some awesome ways to get your students "pumped-up" for your standardized test as we get closer to May. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Twilight Math Word Problems

You can download this via the link or in my math downloads sections. Though not hands on, it add some student relevance.  

Vampire Math pdf