The Test Prep – Test Motivation Collaborative Block Poster can be used as a fun team building activity to instill confidence for the BIG test! Students work together to piece their Test Prep – Test Motivation “block” with their classmates. The result is a beautiful, fun, one of a kind pop-art to hang in the hall.
You can use the Test Prep – Test Motivation Block Poster as a bulletin board display, hang on the classroom wall, classroom door, hallway, school entrance, library, gym or any place you see fit. This poster will pop and students and teachers will stop to admire your work!
This is a relaxing but fun and engaging Test Prep – Test Motivation activity! I like to play music in the background while they are working and coloring. The Test Prep – Test Motivation Poster is designed so that each student colors their own block/piece of the poster. When everyone is done, they have to work as a team to put the block poster puzzle back together. Each poster has an abstract background to make your poster “pop”.
Students will need color pencils, markers or crayons, tape and scissors. This activity is great because they can put a personal art twist on their own block. The included teacher and student directions are very simple to follow. The possibilities are endless with this activity! My favorite part is watching the kids work as a team to try to piece it back together.
This is GREAT for community building and teamwork! Teachers should create a classroom that supports persistence, effort and even mistakes. Hanging the Test Prep – Test Motivation Block Poster is the perfect reminder for students.
How you choose to set it up in your classroom is up to you. Each student colors one “block” or section of a large poster. This product includes 25 “blocks” or pages to color. I do understand that most of you have less than 25 students, as do I. There are ALWAYS early finishers who are willing to color a second block. Some blocks will take more time than others due to picture detail. Often times, I even color a block with my students! Print the file ONE time for each class on 8.5×11 paper!
•25 different blocks to color (1 per student)
•Example of a final version of poster
•The final poster size is around 36”x 36”
The Test-Taking Strategies Escape Room will take students on a secret mission around the classroom! This escape room has students decode universal testing tips for any subject. Some of the strategies include: get a good night’s sleep, underline or circle keywords, use process of elimination, show your work for math, eat a good breakfast, double check your work and many more. Sometimes students just need a day of motivation! Maybe it’s before a big state test or maybe it’s just a fun reminder.
The Test-Taking Strategies Escape Room has students walking around the classroom breaking codes. Students are given a secret code name and sent on a secret mission to help Joshua. The codes include ciphers, Morse code, cryptograms and a final 4 digit code based on the decoders/clues.
Each clue and code is different. The codes require students to think differently to decipher or decode them. Some codes are easier than others. Some codes require critical thinking to determine what a letter/symbol stands for. Each code will reinforce test-taking skills and strategies. The use of secret code will keep your students engaged while competing to find the final code. Students can report the final code to you. If you wanted to, you could purchase a 4 digit lock that you program, but it is not necessary at all! No props needed!! This is a NO PREP, PRINT & GO Activity!
Students are sent on a “secret mission” and given a back story
to ignite their active learning skills. They are given a code name which makes them feel as if they are part of the secret mission. Students practice hands-on, practical problem solving skills all while learning about test-taking strategies. Your students will be inspired to think outside the box! Playing spy themed music is highly recommended!
The best age range for this resource is 8+. Please look at the preview to determine if this resource works for your age group. Younger students may need some help with some of the more difficult codes.
You can use the pre-labeled clues or you can challenge older kids to choose/find the decoder that works for each of the clues. A set of labeled and non-labeled decoders are included for differentiation. A “How to Decode” puzzles is also included.
Once your students try one of my escape rooms, they will beg for more!
In addition to learning or reinforcing the subject matter, my escape rooms encourage teamwork and critical thinking. As a “timed” challenge, students will be engaged from beginning to end.
New Feature: This escape room now includes 12 fun, colorful signs to take class pictures with at the end of the mission. Signs include “Puzzle Master”, “She did all the work”, “Genius”, “We did it”, “I Escaped” and more! Hang the pictures in your room, send them in a parent newsletter or share them on social media
An answer key and easy to follow teacher directions are provided.
Time needed: 30-60 minutes
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