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5th Grade Test Prep Review Ideas

That 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade prep season can really be quite stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. With a thoughtful, fun approach, your students will feel motivated to revisit older concepts and practice necessary skills in order to be more successful on standardized tests.

I keep this necessary review and test prep time as fun and simple as possible! It is a review week filled with games, practice, and prizes in my classroom.
Fun Learning and Review = Classroom Win
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5th Grade Test Prep Review Ideas:

1. Fun Prizes with a Raffle

First, I went to the dollar store and stocked up on some cheap, fun prizes that I knew my students would want to have. Who knew a jar of slime would be such a hot commodity? I also went to the party store and bought a roll of raffle tickets.

All week long, students earned raffle tickets for correct answers on random 5th grade test prep review problems. It was amazing how hard students worked to make sure they had the correct answer so they might possibly earn a raffle ticket! At the end of the week, there was a drawing for the prizes. The first name drawn won first choice of prizes. Once all students had one prize, I kept drawing until all the prizes were gone. I had a classroom FULL of happy students! PLUS, I was more than happy, knowing we had done a great job revisiting so many concepts.

2. Test Prep Task Cards

Another way to easily review concepts is to use task cards. I downloaded a variety of task cards onto my classroom computer, and then used my Smartboard to enlarge and display them one by one for my class.

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Each time a new card was displayed, I had students work out a solution on their own dry erase boards. I varied this; sometimes students worked in groups, and sometimes they worked independently.  When I saw students having trouble, we would all stop and I would review that particular concept on the Smartboard.

3. Keep It Varied with Games, Technology, & More

The key to a long-term review is to keep it varied. One way we did this was to play tic-tac-toe in pairs. When I put a new task card on the Smartboard, every student worked the solution independently. Then, I revealed the answer. If students had it correct (their partners helped out here), they took a turn with their partner on the tic-tac-toe board. If they missed it, they did not take a turn.

Once a pair of students had a winner, I gave him/her a raffle ticket, they erased their game board, and started a new game. My students loved this!

We also added occasional bean bag games, dice games, and other activities to keep a change of pace. When students got a test prep task card question right, they earned a chance to play one of these games.

4. Test Prep Review Centers

Set up several centers around your classroom. Have each center focus on a different skill. The activities at each center can be simple stacks of task cards, review worksheets, games, or even flashcards. Divide your class into groups of 3-4 and have them rotate around to each center.

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5. Wintergreen Lifesavers

When students begin testing this week, I will give them one more boost.  Wintergreen Lifesavers!

Once upon a time, I read that a study had been done to prove that the smell of Wintergreen increases brain activity. I really have no idea if this is actually valid, but I’ll take the chance that it is. Every student gets 2 Wintergreen Lifesavers to have during each section of the assessment. When I tell them that the candies will help wake up their brains, they raise their eyebrows a bit, but then open the wrapper and take a long sniff.  Every. Single. Time. So cute! So stock up on your Wintergreen Lifesavers now.

You’ve Got This!

You’ve done a tremendous job covering concepts and teaching your students all year. Above all else, please keep in mind that a test score does not define you as an educator, nor does it define who your students are. Just do the best you can. You’ve got this!

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Looking for more Test Prep ideas?

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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