Testing, Testing, we love Testing!

Is anyone else is the throes of testing?  In Colorado our third graders are tested in reading, writing, and math for two days apiece over a span of six weeks.  It takes forever to finish everything since the testing blocks are so spread out and it starts super early -- we already finished our two days of reading testing on February 12th.  That's right, FEBRUARY 12th!  Crazy early!
One activity I like to do a day or two before the dreaded TCAP (Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) which will very soon be changing to PARCC (so many acronyms!) is have each kiddo make their own testing poster.  They get to hang up their testing poster around the room throughout the six week testing window.  I tell them the purpose of the poster is to motivate them, remind them of a testing tip, or relax them.  I always draw a giant beach with a sunset and tell them that when I'm stressed I like to visualize being at the beach, so my testing poster will help me relax if I'm stressed.
Here are some pics of what my kids have come up with in the past.  They came up with some super cute ones this year!  I'll have to take some updated pics.


  1. These posters look AWESOME!
    We're starting THE test in a couple weeks and I think this would be a wonderful activity for my kiddos to do.

    Thanks for sharing :)


  2. Love these! I do something similar with my kiddos. Each of them makes a flyer (basically a miniature version of the posters you show!) and we bind them together as a "motivation book." You are right- the kids love creating their own motivational pictures!

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  3. Oh girl what an awesome idea!!

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  5. I love the kid made posters, so cute. I am your newest follower, coming from Amelia's giveaway. Good luck on the testing - that is a lot.

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  7. My posters that my students made last year are laminated and hanging up for my students this year. We refer to them all the time. If you'd like some ideas for sustaining your students love of learning in the face of standardized testing, check out my blog. ~Stacy @ http://new-in-room-202.blogspot.com

  8. The kids' posters are super cute. I have the posters my fifth graders made last year, hanging up as reference for my students this year. Here's a link to my post about the motivational strategies I am going to use with my students this year for state testing. ~Stacy