Friday, April 19, 2013

We survived testing!

Testing week is always exhausting, which is strange because there is little to no teaching time that week. Just a lot of silence and walking. I'm sure I walked a lot of extra miles pacing my room. I always like to have some fun and encouraging treats for my students during testing. As you can see I try to avoid the junky stuff and go for treats that are non-edible or at least somewhat healthy.

Monday was a regular day of school but at the end of the day I reminded them to get sleep and a good breakfast and gave them these glow sticks as a fun reminder. They say "It's time to show all that you know, go forth and GLOW!"

To kick off testing I had "Test Taking First Aid Kits" at each students' seat. Normally this is all that I do during testing week, but this year I wanted to have something daily. So I made the First Aid kit a bit smaller than usual. 

Day 2 of testing I left students a bag of fruit snacks. "Stay Focused! I know you will do BERRY well on the test!"

On the third day my little monkeys each received a banana. "Don't go BANANAS! Take a deep breath and keep doing your best!"

And today, our final day of testing, I handed each of them the treat I was most excited about. Cutie oranges with a little flag that read, "ORANGE you glad testing is almost over? Finish the test with ZEST!" My kids love cuties, our classroom smelled heavenly for about an hour, and they learned a new vocabulary word! 

I'm so glad that testing is over, we still have so much to do before I send my students to 6th grade. Good luck to all the other teachers out there still administering those state tests! 

UPDATE! Interested in using these labels? All (except the first aid kid) are now available in my TpT store! I hope they bring some extra motivation to your students during testing!


  1. How cute! Nothing beats getting a little treat each day.

  2. This is soooo cool! I bet the students loved them!

  3. Yay! I'm always so happy to find a fellow fifth grade teacher blogger! :)
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    Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. The kids loved them and were thankful!

    Hi Brandee! Nice to connect with other upper grade teacher bloggers!

  5. Would you be willing to please share your testing first aid kit document and banana and fruit snacks label documents? I love these healthier options and would love to use them for my kiddos next week. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!


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