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MCAS standardize test prep, dreary and repetitive!

Jan 28, 2013 7:46pm

Hi all, my school is running MCAS (standardized state test in Massachusetts) preparation for the next few months (4th grade) and I am certain I, along with the kids,will get tired of going through reading through passages and answering questions in no time. Do people have any ways to jazz up reading comprehension lessons for these kinds of state tests to help prevent burnout?

  • English Language Arts
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    • Feb 18, 2013 10:49am

      That's a great idea! Any type of mini games you know of would be great. The basketball one I'll definitely try out!

      Thank you,

      • Feb 18, 2013 1:39pm

        For sure. Silent ball is a great because the kids can just stand up in their spots and all you need is a bean bag or something soft. It can literally be a 30 second energizer.

        If your kids need to move, try four corners. Really fun and you can name the corners something academic to give them some vocab reinforcement.

        My kids also love around the world with math facts (although you could play it with a variety of facts - states and capitals comes to mind too). Academic and energizing!

        • Mar 3, 2013 7:06am

          Thanks again, I get four corners and around the world, but could you describe silent ball a little more!