Quiet Activities during Testing...Help!

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  1. gutterballjen

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    For the rest of the week, every grade will be testing for the first 2 hours of the day except mine (Pre-K). We tried to follow our normal routine today, but we got 3 complaints that we were too loud. Normally, we do morning meeting, a literacy lesson, movement and centers. Centers takes up the most time. Our walls are pretty thin, so we have to be pretty much silent while everyone else is testing. This is really hard for 23 four year olds to do!

    I don't have much to work with. We have super strict copy limits that have already been used for the month. We can't do our regular centers, even if we do it silently (per my P), I don't have a projector or a computer to show videos.

    What can I do with my kids to keep them from disturbing the other classes? How can I keep this up for 3 days?! AAH! :help:
     
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  3. comaba

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    Is there another room in the building you can use? Cafeteria? Library? Something that's not next to a classroom?
     
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    Sadly no. All of the rooms that are typically empty are being used for testing those with accommodations.
     
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    Wow, that's tough! I'd be very tempted to bring in a tv and DVD player from home...
     
  6. czacza

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    Read aloud
    Tubbing
    Art activities

    Can you take a nature walk outside? Go to the school library?
     
  7. Ms. I

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    I'd try to do a little more seatwork or woksheets during the testing time. I have my own copier at home, so if that means I have to use some of my own paper & ink for the week, I'm willing to do it. I've printed out plenty at home throughout the years when I was a sub & as an SLP.
     
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    Word Searches with the students' own names in them

    Tangram puzzles with foam pieces - or any other foamy activities with geometric figures

    Small handheld puzzles (like ones sold at Barnes & Noble and other places)
     
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    I'm a big fan of word searches when it has to do with independent, quiet, seat work!
     
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    The OP is a preK teacher. Word searches aren't going to work with her kiddos.
     
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    Neither is staying quiet for testing.....
     
  12. JustMe

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    Haha...exactly! A story and a couple really quiet activities will probably be pushing it, and that won't cover all of the testing time.
     
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    Is the gym available? If all the other classes are testing, seems like the gym would be empty (unless it's being used for testing too).

    Then they can do physical activities and get all that "restlessness" out while still being far enough away from other classes to hopefully not disturb them.

    You could do Freeze Tag, Dodge Ball or any number of activities that don't require squealing and shouting.
     
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    How about:
    a read aloud outside
    Practicing sight words with sidewalk chalk
    Sight word hopscotch
    Abc hunt outdoors (find something that starts with each letter of the alphabet)
    Measuring playground equipment (by their actual feet or the whole length of their bodies?)
     
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    Water fun.

    Use eyedroppers and tons of little containers, however they can only transfer water using the eyedropper. If you want to extend the activity add a few drops of food coloring and let them mix colors one drop at a time.

    Bring water outside and let them "paint" letters and pictures on everything........ they are amazed at how it dries.

    :hugs:
     

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