Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Test Prep Response Cards

Test Prep
Response Cards

The idea of using cards as an interactive visual tool for test preparation and review is nothing new. I know that. You know that. But, I am really picky about test review in my classroom. I like interacting with my kiddos. We all do. So, why give them 5 questions and ask them to write their responses on a sheet of paper? Why not give them flip cards and make them discuss with one another and defend their answers?

Why not? 

We use accountable talk all day long in my classroom. Now that we are elbow deep in close reading, using text evidence, and inferring, the students are using their accountable talk more than ever. I don't accept yes or no answers so why would test prep be any different?

That got me thinking. Why not redo my review cards to help students remember that they must back up their answers to our review and test prep with evidence?

Thus...these babes were born. 

Cute, yes?

I passed these out to the kiddos in my small group and didn't say much other than, "We have new cards."

This is how the conversation went. No joke.

"Wow. These are pretty!" 
"Oh look! They have our accountable talk on them."
"It says because."
"Oh man! Does that mean we have to defend our answers?"

The last comment cracked me up. It was so honest, but it also spoke volumes to me. Yes, he may consider discussing and defending answers hard work, but he knows what it is and why we use it. I can deal with that! :)

I am using these cards in a variety of ways. Sometimes, I pass out the large cards to table leaders, and the students work in teams to solve an answer. I use the bigger cards because it is easier to see from across the room.

I use the smaller cards when I am wanting students to individually arrive at an answer. This is often in small groups. Occasionally, I will pass out a set to each student. 

 There are so many great ideas out there sharing tips on how to make reviewing and revisiting skills exciting and rigorous for our students! If you are interesting in using these cards, you can find them in my TPT store here.

I LOVE finding new activities for reviewing at the end of the year. How do you make reviewing fun and interactive?

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