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6th Grade Spring Review Strategies

May 01, 2018

We have incorporated some hands-on activities into our daily routine to challenge us as we reviewed for the state assessment in math. The Time to Tile activity sets push the students to think beyond procedures and memorization. These materials engage students in challenging problems that develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students must correctly place 10 number tiles (0-9) on the Time to Tile cards in order to correctly complete the problems. Our resource library for Time to Tile includes practice with area and perimeter, order of operations (with and without exponents), balancing equations, graphing on the coordinate plane, converting between decimals and fractions, and more. Students became immersed in the problem solving involved with these activities, and they even asked to do more!


We have also used I CAN Math Games as another hands-on method to review. As with the Time to Tile sets, there are several games that focus on the sixth-grade math standards. Both multiple choice and short answer problems are available. The games are versatile because they can be used for independent practice, a guided math activity, whole group review, or progress monitoring. We added an element of suspense by creating competition between classroom groups of students.


We added some voice and movement to our social studies review. The sixth-grade social studies curriculum focuses on World History--Ancient Civilizations. To assist our review for the social studies assessment, we practiced several rap songs that were summaries of ancient cultures that we had studied. Reciting the historical information to a musical beat added an element of fun to our test prep.


Now that state assessments have been completed, sixth-graders are looking forward to several end-of-the-year special events before they move to the junior high school in the fall.


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