First up.. ice cream sundaes! Each topping represented a skill I wanted my kids to remember for their reading tests.
1. Twizzlers, because we want to box the title and predict the passage
2. Nerds, because the smart people read the questions first
3. M&M's, because we want the passage to linger in our minds (not our hands!)
5. Smarties, because we check our answer like smarties
6. kisses, because we kiss our brains when we're done for all our hard work
After they made their sundaes, we used this review sheet to make the idea concrete of why exactly we were using each candy. They loved it! Let's just hope they remember this candy on Monday and Tuesday!
Next up.. rockin' guitar people! I used a pack I found on TPT to create these adorable people, and then
made a bulletin board. So much fun!
My personal favorite right here! "FCAT is my middle name" Love!
On the Set List I had my kids write a few sentences about what they planned to do to be successful. Some are quite funny!
"How I will be successful is by not going to la-la land. I will stay focused. I will do my best to pass FCAT."
Lastly... my kids have NO IDEA about these, but most all my parents sent in letters for their babies to read each day of testing. I have conducted secret operations to get all these letters here in time for testing, so I only had to write a few myself. Totally didn't mind! My kids will read these before testing, and also have a "Ray of Sunshine," a little pre-made note on their desk first thing. (The parent letters I sent home asking for notes to be sent in are in the Ray of Sunshine pack!)
If you need a great way to motivate your students before testing, I highly recommend this! My kids had a great day that should lead to great testing days!