At the end of my first year of teaching (a ridiculously long time ago!), I was confronted with the ugly fate that all poor teachers face: THE TEST. Realizing that my kids weren’t completely prepared, I grabbed a stack of colored paper from the work room and wrote out some questions for them to work on. One afternoon I posted them around the room and let the kids get to work.
Two things happened.
- They LOVED it!
- I knew where I to focus my review efforts.
I put those hand-written papers in a file and used them for many more April reviews. Last year I updated things for the common core. I uploaded the pages to our TPT store, but I forgot to blog about it. I guess that’s a good thing, because now I get to show you the original black and white version (for the color-printer impaired such as myself) and the pretty rainbow version.
Regardless of which one you print, the idea is the same: you put up the questions and the kids walk around and answer them. You could use this as a regular “Scoot” game (especially if you print multiple pages per sheet), but I like to have them around the room for a few reasons.
First, walking around for math always feels like a treat. Second, some of the questions take longer to answer than others. If there’s a traffic jam, I can redirect the kids to less crowded areas. Also, this way I don’t have to coordinate lots of seat switching. I do have to remind them to check the question number before writing their answers, but most of them can do it pretty easily.
So every kid has an answer sheet. It takes about 40 minutes for them to visit each question. It helps to have a fast-finisher activity for those little dears that race through it in 20 minutes. After most of them are finished, I gather up the questions and we go through them one at a time and discuss their answers. This gives me a way to see where I need to target our remaining math review activities (although, with the spiral review in the Morning Work Book I have to say that there usually isn’t much that needs revisiting).
The 30 questions cover most of the 2nd grade math core. I didn’t include the standard about knowing all math facts to 20, because this isn’t the right way to assess that. There are one or two others that I didn’t do as well, but the biggest pieces are all here. Of course there are lots of different questions relating to understanding and using place value.
Geometry, even and odd, arrays, and fractions also get their turn. And there are several questions tied to Measurement and Data.
You can get your own math review pages in our store. The set includes 30 common core aligned math questions in black and white or color. Each question is labeled with the core standard it addresses. There is a student answer sheet.
I also created a cumulative review skill sheet for students to complete independently. It’s also included in this set!
As of March 25, 2014 the file now includes a 60 slide PowerPoint that includes 30 question cards and 30 illustrated answers. This gives you even more flexibility in how you use this in your classroom.
One way to use the PowerPoint files is to complete the activity as it’s outlined in the post: hang the question cards around the room and give students a chance to work. When everyone is finished, send students back to their seats and turn on the PowerPoint. You can go question by question, asking for student discussion and then revealing and explaining the answers. This is an invaluable way of solidifying the students’ understanding.
Where it’s feasible, the answer slides show a possible strategy for finding the answer. In the picture below, the example is of an open number line. It’s not the only way to find the answer, of course, so this will lead to some great math talk in your classroom.
If you’re looking to save paper, don’t post the question cards around the room. Instead distribute an answer sheet–or whiteboard if you don’t need a written record– to each student and display the first slide of the PowerPoint. Give students a chance to work and then discuss their ideas. When you’re ready, switch to the answer slide so students can compare their solutions. Easy peasy!