Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stressin' About the Test

Are you stressing about upcoming tests? I am. This is our first year of having a test at the end of 2nd grade that affects our evaluations. Ugh! I am super stressed about it and ready to get it over with. My grade level team plans on reviewing the week before the test so I made some new centers that review many of the 2nd grade common core standards for ELA. I think the language standards may be the hardest ones for my kids to master so I made my games with a focus on them as well as some of the vocabulary standards.

I got a little carried away with the centers but I really wanted to hit skills from the common core that may be difficult for 2nd graders.

Included with the centers, I have some daily review pages with some review activities that your kids will love.

You can click on any of the pictures to view the 176 page pack on TPT. Best of all, I have it marked down until Monday evening for those of you are ready to get started on your review.

Do your kiddos take a state test this year? If so, best of luck to you. What do you do to get your kiddos ready and motivated for the test?


  1. I'm sure your students are going to do a great job! You are their teacher, after all :) These review centers will do the trick, too!
    Fun in Room 4B

  2. I think tying a student's test score to the teacher's evaluation is all kinds of wrong. Do they want you to pull an Atlanta on them?

    Try not to stress too've obviously worked hard all year and that's about all you can control. Think positively!

  3. Wow - second grade? Good luck! It is never as bad as it seems though. I just posted about an activity I do with mine to combat text anxiety. Third grade is the first year they take the state test and it is mandatory retention so there is a lot of pressure. We write out our worries about the test on a sheet of paper and then tear it into confetti to use after the test. They enjoy it!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  4. We're testing next week. And beginning next year our assessments will be part of our pay. Bothers me like crazy. I can't control how they come into my room, what their home life is like, their level of English acquisition at the point of entering my room, etc. But my value will be based on how they perform on THE TEST! *sigh* Regardless, I'm choosing not to "teach to the test." I will prepare them for the "how to" of taking assessments. But my focus is to do my best to help them grow, grow, grow from August to May. And most of all, my desire is that they will LOVE to learn so they will keep on learning.

    On a brighter note, I love your comprehensive package. It looks great for reviewing the year and cementing those vital skills. I've pinned it for next month! Thanks!

  5. oh!! I love this set!!I know you all will do great! Mine are taking the test starting on Monday. Wish I knew about this sooner as my 4th graders could have used this review (they are all learning English!).

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  6. This pack looks great! We do not have state tests in 2nd grade here in Oklahoma {yet....} I am sure your kids will rock the test!!

  7. Good luck. I'm in the same boat in a couple of weeks with my firsties (for the first time). I hope all your hard work translates onto your kids achievement.

    School Is a Happy Place

  8. We used to take a state test for math reading and language, but a few years ago they decided to test in 3rd grade. But students still have to take the Idaho Reading Indicator 3 times a year, but only the spring score is recorded.


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