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Creator of Jazzles ELA - Arts Integrated ELA meeting UNESCO criteria

Act out being TV reporters

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Act out being TV reporters and news or weather anchors. My system focuses on developing rich vocabulary with knowledge. It is based on systematic introduction of letters based on watching / singing along to animated reading songs. Each animation has a theme -.e.g fishing with friends and your father. This gives the context to Google for topic knowledge - then kids divide into groups to develop the TV interview. TV interviews are something they experience daily on TV. - so gives them confidence they can do it! You can video the students and play it back. Kids and parents love it! Really builds confidence. I'm going to try some of the TV game ideas above and see how they work. What all of these ideas do is develop vocabulary in contextual knowledge - the foundation for reading - that few schools do well.

3rd Grade Teacher form Philadelphia, PA

Awesome Ideas!

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I really enjoyed reading your ideas. I'm a 3rd grade teacher and this is the first year my class will be taking the PSSA's in PA. I do lots of Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire games. I will also split the class into two groups. One person from each group moves to the middle of the class. I read a question and the person who answers first stays in the game. They other player sits down. I like your idea of flipping the questions and building their own test. This is something I will be trying in my classroom this week. Thanks for the great ideas!

Third Grade Teacher from Manahawkin, New Jersey

I loved all of your ideas!

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I loved all of your ideas! As a third grade teacher, I am feeling pressure with the state standardized testing quickly approaching! I know that I have taught to the common core standards, so I am not worried about the content of the test. I am, however, concerned about my students' lack of knowledge with how the test is set up. It will be their first time taking a test as lengthy as this, with questions that are at times made to trick them with distractors! I believe that this "game-like" approach t will be exactly what my class needs to feel confident and ready! After all, who ever said that test prep can't be fun? Thanks for sharing!

We play lots of review games

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We play lots of review games like Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Jeopardy already, but I love your suggestions for flipping the questions and playing with the question stems. I have two weeks of test prep time left. I will definitely be using both of those strategies. I have a couple posts on my blog regarding maintaining student motivation as state testing approaches. You can check them out at http://new-in-room-202.blogspot.com. Thanks for the great suggestions, Stacy

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