Have you and your students ever been so exhausted from practicing for those state assessments that your tongues are hanging out and you just crave something that will be fun? Well, here's the answer: Some performance based activities that will be so engaging that students won't even realize that they are really learning. Rubrics accompany each activity; they can be used or ignored. Using them will make the students take the activities more seriously, but then it's up to you because you know your kiddos.
Admittedly, some of the activities will require you doing a bit of preparation, but the time will be well spent. Remember, you're looking for some relief!
Students will measure popcorn pops, play with dominoes, and build boats and bridges, just to mention a few. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Just take a look!
By the way, these activities have been collected and used over quite a few years. I didn't write them; some I merely wrote up, made alterations to fit my classes, tried them and adjusted what didn't work. I really hope that you will do the same. If anyone recognizes something, you wrote, I give you credit. I just don't know who you are!