Sunday, April 8, 2012

Testing Strategies Foldables or Lapbook

We don't test for another 3 weeks.  Therefore, three weeks of heavy preparation awaits us on Monday morning when we return from Spring Break!

Why do we prepare?  Am I teaching to the test?

I have gone back and forth on this one for years.  I've come to the conclusion that if I don't do some type of testing preparation, I'm leading them down a slippery slope without anything to grab hold of to keep from falling/{ie. failing}.

With that in mind, I spent some of my "down time" during my break creating foldables that can be used to give my students just a few reminders of what to do on the test.

I set it up like the Poetry and Figurative Language Lapbook that I made a few weeks ago.

This time, however, I'm not sure if I will have them make a lapbook, or simply put the foldables into their reading and math notebooks.

There are five foldables all together and a "graffiti board" where classmates can write encouraging messages to each other.

Here is a preview of the bundle.  You can pick up your own copy at my TpT store and my TN store for only $3.

However, just like with my other lapbook, I will give away 5 copies using the random number generator on Wednesday night at 8:00 eastern standard time.

Comment below that you'd like a copy, or leave me a note about what other strategy you would like for me to include.

And just as a thank you for everyone who follows my blog, here's a testing strategy poster that you can use to help remind your students to RELAX when taking the test and do their very best by following 5 simple rules:

I love how this turned out.  The frame graphic is from 3AM Teacher and the letters are KPM Doodles.
If you'd prefer having it as a PDF file, you may download it from my TpT or TN stores.

Good luck with testing and good luck winning this bundle!

Happy Easter everyone!

Off to have lunch with my family.  Enjoy your day!


  1. OH I love the idea of the graffiti board! This would be a fantastic addition to our test prep!


  2. LOVE it! We're starting to get heavy into test prep, too.

    Runde's Room

  3. Hi!
    I would love a set....and I LOVE your blog!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    :-) Reyna

  4. As a first year teacher and in a testing year, I am looking for test prep to help my own kiddos. This looks fun and helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love your lapbooks.


  6. Love this! Out testing is a week from tomorrow!! Yikes! Would love to win this and have my kiddos whip them together Thursday and Friday:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  7. What a great idea! I hope I win!


  8. I love this! We start testing next week and would love to get these to my students!


  9. Love this.....sooooo cute! would love to add it to my test prep!

  10. What a great set! Have to say that I enjoyed reading your profile-it fits me also.

  11. This looks great! It would be a great addition to what I'm doing!

  12. This looks awesome! I was planning on making something like this for our test. You might have saved me some time!

  13. This is wonderful, for both students and teachers!! Relaxing is not the easiest for teachers. One thing to look at: on E..examine.......before you chose, should be choose! oops

  14. I would love to have a copy of this! It looks AWESOME!

  15. Thank you for the poster! I would love a free pack of your foldables. I have never used foldables before, but am excited to begin notebooks next year!! Thanks again!

  16. Thank you for the poster! I love it! I would love to have a pack of your foldables. The visuals really help my students! It looks great!

  17. I LOVE THIS!!! We have testing in 2 weeks :-() eeeek this would be a great addition to help set the ease of testing!

  18. These look great..i would love to use them with my students!!

  19. Love it!

  20. I love that these strategies empower kids!! Great job!

  21. I love the poster...I would love the pack, and I know my students would eat them up! Thanks for all your hard work!

  22. this looks awesome! i try to make test prep as fun as possible--haha! foldables are definitely fun :o)

  23. Love the test prep ideas.

  24. This is great! I would love a copy of this!!!

    Lessons with Laughter

  25. I'd love a copy! My students love the poetry foldables you made too!

    :) Kaitlyn

  26. I would love to have a copy of the test taking strategies poster. I looked for it in your TPT store but couldn't find that specific one. My email is
    Michelle Baker