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How-To Use Quiz Cards for More Interactive Assessments

Need new, creative ways to assess student learning?

Try using a Quiz Card Activity!

Here's the simple how-to:
  1. Select questions to provide a complete assessment on the content taught. 
  2. Create quiz cards or purchase them ready-made.  If cards are not already numbered, write numbers on the back or add number stickers.  Visit my TpT store for great Scavenger Hunt Sets that work very well with this activity.
  3. Laminate cards to protect them from year to year.  Hole-punch card sets to place them on a ring for easy storage.
  4. Place students in small groups.  Mixed ability grouping works well to help all students in this type of activity.
  5. Arrange the cards in a random method on each group table.  Randomization helps to guarantee students KNOW the content and have not simply memorized an ordered arrangement. 
  6. Have students number their paper for quiz.  This may be an assessment you collect, or could be for students to keep in their notebook for further review.
  7. Allow students to pick from quiz cards, completing questions in a random order.  Have students answer in simple wording or require full sentences to help reinforce ideas. 
  8. Give students the option of discussing questions with group for more interactivity.
  9. Grade as a whole class for added review.
Using quiz cards and allowing student discussion not only assesses student understanding and content knowledge, but it works to review the content for added reinforcement.

***My Presidents Scavenger Hunt is shown in this activity how-to.

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Happy Teaching!

Student Importance and Significance

Throughout the year, we teach our students about the important places, events, and people of our world.  While these are all valuable lessons, it is also importance to teach them of their own importance and significance in our world.  Many may be thinking that I am referencing elementary aged students and the lessons they learn in the early grades as they adapt to the classroom.  Instead, I think the responsibility falls to the upper grades.  It is in these years that we can teach the students the costly lessons in life, and how to avoid the mistakes made by others throughout history.

What should we teach?

Start with the history or the literature or any other content.  Teach them about those people who have made our world what it is.  The heroes, the activists, the ground-breakers.  And then teach them their place in the world, and how they are responsible for making it a different place than it is today.
  • Lead students to identify their areas of interest.
  • Discuss with students the wrongs of the past.
  • Identify the problems of today.
  • Ask students what they can do to make a difference.
  • Challenge students to change the status-quo.
  • Encourage students to stand up for their beliefs.
  • Allow students to be individuals and to think for themselves.
  • Teach them that they are responsible for their world, and that by-standers are never positively significant.
Teach about today.  Talk about the hot topics that are on the news, and challenge students to think about what they would do differently.  And push them to think through topics, and to step away from the generic responses of generations past.  Today is a different world - and they should be different citizens of that world.  It is up to them to make it change!

Some of my suggested topics or activities to spur discussion:
  • Review Important People and identify what made them important.  What could they have done differently?  How could they have changed the world or the future?  What lessons do they teach us about the world we live in now?
  • Talk about the recent news story of terror.  Ask your students what they would have done?  Would they have run from the scene?  Run to help the injured?  Are they angry at the terrorists?  How can we prevent these events in the future?
  • Discuss the latest school shooting.  What would prompt someone to do this type of thing?  How would they deal with a situation like this in our community? Do they understand how someone could do something like this?  Is there any explanation?
  • Refer to a local shooting.   How would they respond in such a situation?  What about their friends or family with them?  Are they sympathetic/empathetic to the shooter?  Can they explain why these things happen?  What would they change to prevent these shootings?
  • Examine the Events of 9/11.  Is this really a battle over religion?  Were the terrorists bad people?  Were they following the tenants of their religion or acting as individuals?  How should individuals or nations respond to an attack such as this one?  Should we have gone to war?  Against who?  Are the people of the nations where the terrorists are from responsible for these attacks?
Challenge students to investigate other current events or Significant People in our World.  What is their role?  What is our responsibility as individuals?  What should our nation do in response?  How do they see the future? 

And then, ask your students to evaluate.  What type of person am I now?  What do I do on a small scale that impacts others?  How can I help my community?  How can I influence the people around me in a positive way EVERY day?  What can they do to make positive change?
  •  A fun way to allow students to self-evaluate is to have them Create Paper Dolls of themselves.  Just as they would evaluate a character from a book or an historic figure, they can detail the characteristics of their own personality and identify their own contributions.
As the school year comes to an end, challenge your students to become better people for their futures.  Challenge yourself to do the same!

Happy Teaching!

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End of Year Review? Play Games!

At the end of each school year, students are restless, but they still need to be enticed to prepare for their end of year exams.  In my classes, I let my students create and play games!
Creating and playing games allows students to practice many skills and review content we have learned in the Social Studies class through the year, but it also reinforces the need for students to work together and to complete large tasks on a short timetable - a great skill for their futures.

Creating board games can be implemented in a number of ways to best fit the needs of your individual classes.  Make the project as big or as small as you want to fill the end of the year and prep your students at the same time.
Most importantly, give your students time to play all of the games created.  Game play not only reviews the course content, but it allows students to compete and to interact with each other in a fun, engaging way!

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Traveling from the Classroom

Toward the end of the school year, student focus can be a great challenge.  I always found that my students started looking more through the windows than they did toward the board as the spring months rolled around and summer was on the horizon.  To remedy this, I scheduled my last weeks of school as a student-centered travel-based PBL (project-based learning).  

The premise of my assignments were very easy... 
If you could go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would it be?

Now, I've done this activity over and over again.  Each time, I work my hardest to make it a reality!  And once I've completed all parts, including the actual travel, I start all over.

While my original goal was to encourage student review of my geographic and historic content, the real lesson became in goal-setting and dream-planning!  Both are great lessons to learn, and can be incredible motivators for student success.

So, as your school year starts to wind down, and your students start to wind up, give them a project to work on that can take them far beyond the classroom.  Let them travel the world!

Here are just a few options for a PBL for your students:
Geography World Travel Project (FREE!)
U.S. Travel Project
World Travel Project

Happy Teaching!