Absolute silence activities

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  1. Teachling

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    So somehow we are to keep more than half of the school in silence for the next two days due to state testing. Any suggestions on activities they can do for about 4 hours or more? I would like to avoid worksheets.
     
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    Do you need these activities to correspond with some part of the curriculum?
     
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    Writing poetry

    Reading

    Webquests using laptops
     
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    Maybe you could come up with a Trivial Pursuit type game using content they need to review? one of the rules could be all talking must be "whisper level"
     
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    I thought about getting laptops. I will try to get them. As for curriculum, at this point it's not mandated but does have to be educational. I would like to do some sort of foldable, maybe ---- like one they did recently on landmarks. What can I have them research to then turn around and do some sort of product like a foldable?
     
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    What about making a travel brochure where they have to convince someone to visit their landmark? Then they can practice geography and persuasive writing at the same time.
     
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    Aren't your kids testing too? They should be quiet during the test in your class.
     
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    I have given mine regular work, and told them they could talk to anyone they wanted as long as they wrote a note.
     
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    Out of curiosity, are you able to get the kids to talk at whisper level? If so, how are you able to achieve this? I've been trying forever to get kids to talk at whisper level but I'm just unable to do it. They only have two volumes - completely silent and loud.
     
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    Yes, whisper level with the class I have this year is very challenging. I will be giving them some work initially that should keep them busy for a few hours. Depending on how they do, I may let them do some games towards the last hour.

    I found and tweaked an activity dealing with the 50 states that will take close to two hours to work on. These should keep them engage and quite for a bit.
     
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    Have them write a reflection paper on the school year.
     
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    Why do they have to be completly quiet? I wouldn't think if your class was learning at a reasonable level, the class next door would hear you through the walls? (unless its a wall-less classroom which I have heard of)

    just curious
     
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    Our kids are obsessed with fantastic contraption.com. Give them headphones and they stay completely silent.
     
  16. Reality Check

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    5th graders???

    In MAY???

    Silent for four hours???

    Send them home.
    :lol:
     
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    I'd do a read-in. Bring pillows and a towel, wear PJs and read!
     
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    :lol::lol: yeah realistic fiction!
     
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    @ PCDiva, the problem was that some classes were retesting while others were not. This was the second administration for those who had to retest.
     

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