Yes, you read that correctly. As a follow up to last week’s We Built a Fort Today post, I’m sharing what our grade level did to combat the state test stress.
This year, third grade decided to turn our pass/fail reading test that will decide whether or not our students promote to fourth grade into a happy day for everyone. We wanted our students to CELEBRATE their hard work and feel confident going into the test instead of being nervous and dreading it. The plan?
Happy Day shirts with our school motto on the back were sold to staff members. Students were encouraged to wear yellow that day. Don’t worry, be happy was definitely at the forefront!
Fourth graders who took the test last year and our school’s spirit committee made posters to hang from the ceiling in the third grade hallway in the days leading up to the test.
Balloons and banners greeted students as they arrived at school. We had all of our staff members line the hallway to literally scream, shout, cheer, and applaud as the third graders walked into school that morning.
We handed out happy stickers and bookmarks in our classroom before the test so everyone could wear their happy and have some yellow on.
The super talented and fun teacher next door rewrote the YMCA song with lyrics about the IREAD test. Our grade level recorded us singing the song, and I created PowerPoint to show in our classrooms right before the test. I removed our student’s pictures so that I could share it here and it lost the cute font in conversion, but you get the point. 🙂 Thanks to Mel at Graphics from the Pond for her adorable clip art. My students thought they were so funny mixed in with our pictures!
When the tests were over, we celebrated with happy face cookies during lunch!
And then in the afternoon, we had a little grade level party. We took what is typically a stressful day in third grade and turned it into a celebration. How about THAT?! Many thanks to my wonderful coworkers who made it possible! =)