Testing Miss Malarkey by: Judy Finchler
A Fun Activity to Teach The Importance of Tests
Testing Miss Malarkey by: Judy Finchler available at www.barnesandnoble.com
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Tables of Contents:
Pre-Reading Survey-discuss answers
Responding to Text
Sorting Strategy Cards—this is pretty easy but they will enjoy it
Writing a Test for Teacher—see the following page
Contraction Word Cards with Recording Sheet
What I do:
Have students write a test for you. I usually have them work in groups of 3 and each group writes 2 questions. I tell them to make it an easy yes/no or simple answer. They love to write things like 1,000,000,000 + 1,000,000,000!
The first day, I pretend I’m walking in to school late (I have an assistant that starts the class). I’m very loud and disruptive. I bring a huge candy bar and a bottle of sugary pop (yes, I’m from Michigan and we say pop)! During the test I pretend to fall asleep, get up a lot, talk to others, ask to get a drink ,etc.
When they check the test, the answers are terrible.
Example: 1,000,000,000 + 1,000,000,000 = 4 dogs
The next day, I’m in class on time, bring an apple and juice or water, sit down and concentrate on my test. When students check it, the answers are good—you may want to make a simple mistake to take the pressure off of them.
This is really fun and I think it will really make the importance of test preparation stick in students’ mind.
Since I teach 2nd grade, they will taking the Michigan Meap right away in the Fall of 3rd grade.
We talk about getting a lot of rest, eating healthy, coming to school prepared and on-time and
then take one of our Test-Prep Assessments for practice.