What to do the day before the fifth grade STAAR test? Here is TWO DAYS of REVIEW for your kiddos. Use these ready made activities with partner work, small group, centers, or whole class.
ABCs of Science This is a bit of an oldie, but my students love it. Give them a topic (Earth, Life, Physical) and have them brainstorm vocabulary for each letter. If time permits: As a class have kids share their terms.
Circuit Challenge: Students cut out the components for a circuit. They create a circuit on construction paper using a pencil/pen for the path/wire. Discuss how electricity will flow through their circuit. Compare series and parallel circuits.
Light: Students cut out the examples of refraction and reflection and glue in the correct column. Ask them to add key words or explanations.
Science Gories: Like the Scattegories game, students hold their card and attempt to get their partner or small group to say their word without using any key words.
Science Counting: Students circle the examples of the topic then write the number of circles in the box. Several STAAR questions used this method of testing. ;)
Art to Chart: Each partner has a version of the chart. They ask their partner about their missing information. The key is to practice reading charts (and communication).
Talk and Trade: Make ONE copy and cut up the grid. (I sometimes glue each piece to a 3x5 card) Each kid has a term in their hand and walks around the room. They read their statement to their partner, give the answer (brown fur: inherited trait), listen to their partner’s card, then TRADE cards. REPEAT. They get to practice a lot of concepts in a short amount of time!
Build-A-Bird: Use the graphics to build a bird and explain how a bird’s structures help in survival.
Food Web: Student analyze and label three different food webs. A good review and practice of vocabulary.
Earth’s Rotation: Review the Earth’s rotation by analyzing shadows.