Monday, April 2, 2012

Back to Testing Preparations

It seems part of my Spring Break every year consists partly of getting ready for testing preparations.  Beyond getting ready to review everything we have learned the whole year, I take time getting together some little incentives to boost morale during testing week. 

Smarties Test Prep Treats


This treat is a fun little way to remind students and parents of some tips and guidelines to be ready for testing on Monday.  Inside a Snack-sized Ziplock baggie, I put a few Smarties candy rolls and a slip with the reminders.  I send these home with the students on the Friday before we start testing on Monday.
The Test Fairy
The first day of testing my classroom gets a visit from the Test Fairy, the Tooth Fairy’s very responsible older sister. :) She leaves us a little note...

along with a bucket of these special freshly sharpened test pencils
I love these kind...Dixon Ticonderoga...they sharpen fabulously...and erase great...plus since they are sparkly, they look like a fairy pencil!  (I wish I had a picture of them in there bucket...I will update with it!)
Testing Treats
The final preparation is testing treats.  Each morning of the test, I put a test treat along with a little note on each student desk.  This year my treats are...
Monday ~ Reading Test ~ Lucky Charms
Tuesday ~ English/Language Arts Test ~ Fruit Roll Up
Wednesday ~ Math Test ~ Rice Krispie Treat
Thursday ~ Science Test ~ Goldfish crackers
Friday ~ Social Studies Test ~ Mini Oreos
The treats are a surprise, so the students have no idea what will be there each morning.  I love giving them this fun little surprise to look forward to each of these not so fun days.
Now a fun little surprise for you...free goodies!  Click on the pictures below to download the Smarties Test Prep treats, the Test Fairy letter, and the daily Test Treats. 



Please take some time to comment below and let me know how you like them.  I would also love to hear what testing motivators you use!

56 comments:

  1. I love all of the little goodies you give. So cute!

    Your newest follower,
    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  2. Test-taking, sigh. I know it's important, but I hate all the pressure the students sometimes feel. We do lots of review and try to make test-taking strategies fun. My favorite are the bracelets we make with acronyms on them. This year I did LEARN and each letter stood for a test strategy. The kids loved wearing them in our first round of tests so I saved them at school for the next batch. You can click over to my blog and grab a copy of our poster if you want it.

    I'm following your cute blog now!
    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

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    1. I'd love to see pics of your learn bracelets & find out what each strategy is.

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  3. Thanks for connecting with me..I'm your newest follower!! I'll look for you on FB too!

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  4. Love these ideas..super cute, we are taking tests in just a few weeks-
    I'm your newest follower I found your blog via pinterest :). So happy I stopped by! check out teachingfashionista.blogspot.com

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  5. These are fantastic! We don't do too many standardized tests in kindergarten but we DO band together to cheer on our "big kids." These are fabulous encouragers. Thank you! :)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  6. Thank you so much for these cute testing treats! We are testing in 2 weeks and I can't wait to share these with my students! I am your newest follower! Please visit my blog and become a follower too!
    http://thirdgradelove.blogspot.com
    Thank you,
    Darleen Dufour
    Third Grade Love

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  7. These are SUPER! Thanks for sharing :) I'm your newest follower

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

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  8. This is such an awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Your blog is so stinkin' cute! I love your fur babies too! =)

    I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  9. Wow! You are so, so creative!!! Thank you so much for these cute freebies! I am your newest follower. :)

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  10. not to be a debbie downer, but what about kids in your class with food allergies?

    we have a no "edible" treat policy at my school due to peanut, dairy, and gluten allergies...

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    1. That is an excellent question! Each of these treats have been chosen with students with nut allergies in mind. I have never had students with gluten or dairy allergies. I communicate closely with my parents, and we would find alternate treats (hopefully ones that also fit that particular rhyme!)

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  11. I just grabbed your blog button, Can you grab mine too?

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  12. Love these ideas and perfect timing...our big test starts next Monday:((( I'll be using some of these:) I'm also your newest follower:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  13. LOVE your ideas. I will defintely use these in May. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  14. Thank you so much! I am doing these for my son's teacher. :)

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  15. How many ways can I say "THANK YOU!" The freebies are amazing and I'm so grateful to have them!!!

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  16. I love your test taking treats idea, we are starting testing next Tuesday. I am going to give these treats to my highschool students.

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  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your treats! I have a question though....We only do one day of reading, one day of calculator inactive math, and one day of calculator active math. I was wondering if there was a way to change one of the others (like goldfish) to another math one. I wanted to give treats all three days but I didn't want to give the rice krispies two days in a row. I KNOW I can't recreate your cuteness. Would you be willing to change one and email it to me? kymberlychamblee@wcps.org

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  18. I love your chants and treats! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. These ideas are too cute and such a great way to motivate the students. Thank you so much!

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  20. These are great! Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower :)

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  21. Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU!! I am a first year teacher and was trying to come up with cute ways to get my second graders ready for their Standford 10 test this week. I am so thankful that I came across this blog post!

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  22. Hello, I love your idea! I have a quick question for you We have two days of Lang. Arts and two days of Math. Is there any way to edit a copy from the Science/Soc. Studies to another day of math and lang?
    NJ 3rd grade teacher

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  23. If you would like treats personalized, please email me! Thanks!

    Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica I tried emailing you at polkadotteacher@gmail.com and it came back to me. Is there another email address? Thanks Christine gtstangqt@hotmail.com

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  24. I love your ideas! I have recently started blogging and now following you. I love your blog!

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  25. Starbursts= Be a STAR :)

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  26. I love your blog design! So cute!!

    Hadar

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  27. Love these testing treats!

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  28. Great ideas! Thanks so much!

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  29. I too would need them to say a different PART of the test - we do two days of literacy which includes reading and writing on each day and ONE day of math. I'd love to be able to change the words on the days that I need them (like math on crumble, etc.)

    Could you send me the .doc for these?? I already got the smarties and fairy letters ready - we start on TUESDAY!!

    Thanks!!

    Amy :)
    peachykeane98@gmail.com

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  30. Thanks so much for these. These are going to come in handy as our kindergartners have adopted the third graders for testing boosts. I was looking for other ideas and I am glad I found your post.:)

    Kinders on the Block

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  31. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing these test taking treats! My fourth graders LOVED the Smarties, and I plan on surprising them over the next two weeks with more treats as we test :o)

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  32. Love these ideas! Planning to hand out to my students before we start standardized testing. Question...What program do you use to create these slips? I have seen a lot of teachers use these dotted outlines but not sure what program everyone is using. Thanks again for the ideas!

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  33. Good day! Do you somehow check if your own content is exclusive in the web and no other blogger is using it without making sure you are aware of it?

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  34. Love your little treats for testing! Thanks for sharing.

    Shelly

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  35. I absolutely love this and I know my students will too!!! Can't wait to suprise them with the treats! :)

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  36. Love this! I used these last year and this year already. We are on our second round of testing this week and some of my students still have these messages taped to their desks! Thank you so much!!

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  37. Wow! These are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing! I've seen several other ideas, but I do believe these are my favorite!

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  38. Thanks so much for sharing! I always give out treats during testing week, but I would not have thought of the cute little cards! My students will love them, and even if they don't (they are in grade six gifted after all) I will love giving them!
    Sidney
    Teachingisagift

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  39. Thanks SO much for sharing! This is my first year at my current school and found out recently that each homeroom in Kindergarten through second grade provides treats for a homeroom that takes the state assessment (3rd - 5th grades). I can't wait to use these rhymes and watch my group of 3rd graders' expressions each morning when they walk in - I believe I'll even let it be a surprise to the teacher!

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  40. Thanks for sharing such creative goodies!

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  41. Do you have a generic one with out the specified subjects? I'd like to use this for state testing but we only test in ELA and Math for 3rd in my state.

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  43. This is my least favorite time of the school year, both as a teacher and a mom!!!! I just used all of your free treat printables!!!!!! They are wonderful!!!!!! Thanks so much for them!!!! YOU ROCK!

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  49. Thank you for these ideas, my preschool class are testing buddies with a Fifth grade class!

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