Testing, Testing, Testing

My 5th graders that I'm student teaching have been taking state tests last week and this week and we are finally DONE!! It's been crazy, and we're all happy they are finished. But before and during testing, we had a lot of reviewing to do, so I thought I'd share about what we did!!

The students were placed into groups, and each group was given a historical figure at the time of the Declaration of Independence to research in their book. They had to create a poster for their figure and include personal details, whether they were a patriot or loyalist, and a slogan for them! Then, we made cards with each figure's name on them and each student had one of the people on their forehead, and they had to ask the people around them yes or no questions to figure out which of the six they were!

In this activity, we made a human timeline of the Revolutionary Era in US History. It started with the colonists moving to America and ended with the Bill of Rights. The students had to remember and think about the causes and effects of their event in relation to everyone else's events. It was a great review that got them up and moving as well as thinking about the series of events that happened.

What the kids are all doing here is called the Place Value Marathon! I got this idea from Ginger Snaps! She made cards with a six digit number, and twenty task cards, such as "What is the value of the hundreds place?" We set a task card on each desk, and I gave each student a number (some had to use the same number, as we have 24 in the class.) Then, we used a sheet of notebook paper, and had them write their number at the top of the page, and then number the page 1-20. During the marathon, they went to as many tasks as possible, matched the number on the task card to the number on their sheet, and then put the answer to the question in the number on the sheet that matched the number on the card. Whoever got all of the tasks completed (and got them all right) won! We decided you could use this with anything! What a great review idea!

 Another review for math that my cooperating teacher had was to write math concepts on the tops of sheets of paper (see picture 3 above), and then the students had to play musical chairs, and put down something on the paper they land at! It could be information, examples, facts, pictures, anything they knew about that concept. Then we would continue to do it. They couldn't put the same thing someone else put on a paper either. Our music was a parody video of Tik Tok, that was rewritten for testing by a school in Arkansas!
Students played a spinner game that reviewed
basics, geometry, fractions/decimals, and
multiple operations.
Students played a board game, answering
questions having to do with real-world

Math Cootie Catchers, reviewing reducing
fractions, factors and multiples, and metric
Factor Race! A game where the kids race
against the clock to find all the factors of a
number. But if they get one wrong, they don't
get any points for that round!

This game is similar to the games we played
as a kid with a partner connecting the dots to
make boxes. Students roll two dice, find the area,
and draw a rectangle with that area on the game
board with their color. They take turns with a
partner. At the end, they count up who has the
most area on the page, and that person wins!
 Our last tests were the math tests, so we would have lots of review time to work with the students. Our review this week was math centers I put together! The students went to all six centers (not shown: Smartboard probability tic tac toe) in the three days we had. Descriptions are in the pictures' captions.

Hope you can take some of these ideas and use them for your test reviews! We had a lot of fun with these!
Love, Allie

A Pinteresting Opportunity

One of the many eventful parts of my week was putting together a surprise bridal shower for my head chaplain Hannah! The group of us seven chaplains in my dorm (also called my dorm group) decided a few weeks back to throw her this surprise shower, since she will be getting married the day after graduation! So we divided up the responsibilities with food, games, and decorations, and decided the best time to have it would be during one of our meetings with the dorm group! We decided, since Hannah and I lived on the same wing, to have it my room. So my responsibilities were: to decorate and prepare my room for the shower, to have a dessert, and, of course, to get a gift for the bride. What a great opportunity to use Pinterest!! I have all of these fun ideas on my pinboards, and no outlet to try them! So I decided to make a garland from A Beautiful Mess blog that turned out so cute!!

I added some pastel pink balloons all over my room for an added girly flair! Also, I have a fun chair in my room that worked out as the perfect bride chair! For my dessert, I made skewers of angel food cake and strawberries drizzled in dark chocolate! They were a huge hit!! Also, one of the chappies, Jessica, decided it would be funny to make face masks of Hannah's fiance for us to wear when we surprised Hannah! Here's one of them!

Anyways, the day finally came! Before our scheduled meeting she texts us that she has a surprise for us tonight! The funny thing was, we had a bigger surprise for her! So 10pm comes, and we decide to make the quest over to her room to get her for our bridal shower! As we get closer to the room, we notice HER DOOR IS OPEN! So another chappy, Sami, goes for it and tries to close the door. After some added effort with a door stop in the way, we close the door, get down on one knee with the masks over our faces and knock on the door and say, "Hannah will you marry me?!" Then, as Hannah is screaming in surprise while our "surprise" (a guest speaker) was there, we blindfold her and take her to my room, sit her down, and take off the blindfold! The rest was history! There was laughing, crying, and lots of surprised expressions! Hannah was SO surprised! She loved it! Her guest speaker was the head chaplain of our dorm last year, and didn't mind joining in on the festivities! We played games, opened presents, and had a special time of prayer over Hannah at the end. It was so much fun putting together this shower, and the best part was the surprise!!
Our dorm group (top),  gifts (left), and food (right). Hannah is the one in the  middle :)

with our masks! haha!
And here is a link to the video reenactment of our surprise!

What Pinteresting opportunities have you had lately?
Love, Allie


APRIL Showers?????

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S APRIL!!! Time is flying by, and I need a breather! On second thought, maybe my super power should have been to control time... Anyways, I'm new to this whole world of teaching blogs, linky parties, and fun giveaways, but I thought I might as well start now! I don't have my own classroom yet, but I love the upper grades and am student teaching in a fifth grade classroom. So I thought I would link up with Farley at
As you can see, currently, I'm so into SMASH the new ABC show that airs Monday nights! So great! I'm catching up on my missed episodes :).
I also just redesigned my blog to make it more...me, and less cookie-cutter! Hope you like it!
I'm going to Panama (see previous posts) this summer for four weeks on a missions trip with my university, and our financial deadline is in ONE WEEK! AHH!! I still have a good chunk of change to raise, and anything helps! So if you would like to support my mission, please go here! Thanks a bunch!
So, my super power may sound very ordinary, but I think about it this way. I could fly anywhere in the world right now...and have it cost me nothing but time and sleep! I wouldn't have to own a car or pay for gas. Think about the AWESOME field trips I could take my kids on! AND, wouldnt you just love to escape away for a day or two at a beach in Hawaii and relax? You'd only be moments away from family and friends who live across the country. Yep. That's definitely my top superpower! ...Anddd, maybe to control time :).
Happy Monday!
Love, Allie