Tackling Test Stress Tip 12: Do Some Fun After Testing Lessons

OK DEN members, time to share your favorite lessons and activities you like to do with your students during the week of state-wide testing! Share them in the comments. You might just win something and will most definitely be helping others.


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  1. Kim Caise said:

    I love to read the book, “Testing Miss Malarkey” to the students the day before or morning of testing. Everyone is stressed on test days and the book humorously describes things that happen to the teachers, students, and faculty members. While the book exaggerates things that is experienced on test days, the humorous look lets students know that everyone feels stressed and it is okay. If I am reading the book the day before, I have a short but funny PowerPoint that I share with students featuring some test taking tips. The PowerPoint is called, ‘Testing Mrs. Caise’, and helps to keep test prep discussions light and jovial. I encourage everyone to check out the book and use with students!

  2. Kathryn E. Wilson said:

    In 2nd grade, I have the children stand after a couple of testing parts and stretch, become rag dolls, then stretch again. I have a class of ALL boys this year, so during their 15 min. break, I gave out musical instruments and we went outside, played the instruments, and did the conga along the walking path. It relieved the tension and restlessness. Plus, they had fun!
    Kathy Wilson

  3. Heather Leal said:

    Remember the ad- This is your brain— this is your brain on drugs. We played off that idea and drew pictures of your brain during testing. Got all kinds of interesting pictures- talked about how testing felt and how to show it in an image- good follow-up to all the figurative language lessons going on in Language Arts too. I encouraged them to not draw a picture of them taking the test- but to draw how the test taking felt to them- symbolically… metaphorically…
    It is a nice de-stresser at the end of it. The students like it and the artwork is pretty creative.

  4. Michele Futch said:

    I let my students play educational games on the Wii. Their favorite game in Trauma Center/New Blood. They get to treat and operate on virtual patients. They love it/ They are using their Critical Thinking skills, working on hand/eye coordination, and learning some medical knowledge.

  5. Nicole Rock said:

    I teach middle school for a virtual school where our parents act as the “learning coach” for their students. Out curriculum has built in test prep lessons that our students complete prior to testing. We also have them complete a practice test and submit it to their actual teacher. Finally, we use studyisland.com to support any needs we see. A huge advantage that we have is the ability to assess a student’s needs and provide support that is very specific prior to testing.

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