This strategy in recipe card format as always is an attempt at finding another way to practice old state accountability released test questions. I'm in Texas so it's the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) we are getting ready to take for the very first time. 'Tis the season for entering classrooms and seeing the first several minutes used to wrangle with a released test question or in our case a set of questions to give us an idea of how the test has changed from TAKS to STAAR. Kids are tired of the same old way and so I tried to "kick it up a notch" as Emeril might say. BAM! Created it for a school with the mascot of the Raider but the idea quickly took on an authentic theme of its own thanks to that great cockroach spray I keep handy. Why not take the bugs out of problem solving? Have included the "how to's" as well as a sample scoreboard, think board and Raid Team Board. I just laminated mine on cardstock and use dry erase markers. The think boards I color coded so the group of four each had 4 different colors and the team boards I made their own color and those were one per team. I blew the scorecard up to a poster size and mounted it so all could check on how their group in their class periods were doing.
*The reason I added the scorecard and points was to encourage participation and provide incentive to get the 50 points and not have to be the group that had to practice. (Doubt at this time of year any group will get the 50 points because it is very hard to answer a multiple choice question when you aren't getting to see the multiple choice answers right away.)
*Different colored boards in the group give an opportunity for individual accountability. Teacher knows by color who answered what and can actually collect the boards before the students clean them off to check for further understanding.