Wednesday, April 6, 2016

9 Strategies for Surviving the Last 9 Weeks of School #3

Thank you for continuing to read along! Here's #3 in my blog series "9 Strategies for Surviving the Last 9 Weeks of School".

Tip #3: Preparing your students for the End of Course Exams!

You probably have heard of "drill and kill" worksheets and are not about to review with those. What about a cumulative review? I love doing these with my students. I create these reviews to last about one to two weeks depending on how much time I have to review after spring break before the BIG exam. There are different types of reviews I have used and I will share with you the ones that I LOVE to use again and again!
End of Year Math Review Mini Booklet {Grade 6}

1.) Review Mini Booklets: I LOVE making these, and even though my students don't always admit it, they do too. It's a good review of all the year's curriculum in one mini booklet that the students can keep in their interactive notebooks or folders. It takes about 1-2 weeks to complete in class with 60 problems +vocabulary words! Yes I love Math vocabulary and have to always put it in there. I have posted my 6th and 7th grade versions. I'm finishing publishing my 8th grade version. I have used these for about 5 years and my students always have the top scores at my school (and I don't always have the "best" students). Click HERE to view:

End of Year Math Game Board Project
2.) End of Year Game Board Project: I always do this. Even the students I have two years in a row are excited about it again in year two!?! Can you believe it? It's a hit for my students because they are in control. They create the game and the questions. It's an easy NO PREP game solution. The kids bring all the materials to school, you just hand them the rubric! I always get so much done at the end of the year because my students are actively engaged in creating a board game on their own that I am able to pack up my room for the summer and leave with the kids! I love this project for a multitude of reasons, but most of all it keeps the students ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN MATH! What is not to love about that? Click HERE to view:

Come back next week for #4: Planning for grading!

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