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Old 10-28-2010, 04:20 PM
 
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I teach 8th grade math. I am giving a test tomorrow and I always run out of ideas to do after a test. I teach a 90 minute block and I give the whole block for them to complete the test.

For those students who finish early I have a fun, educational math worksheet for them to complete and if they happen to finish that then they just take out a book and read. But if everyone finishes early and there is still time left in the period, what can I do with the entire class? I don't want to start a whole new lesson. And they just took a long test so I want to do something fun.

What is a good "after test" activity for 8th graders? Plus its a Friday =]


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Our middle schoolers LOVE logic puzzles...there are tons of websites you can print some off from...it's a good group activity because they have to talk and make decisions together. Maybe do one or two as a class and then let them do some on their own!
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You could do a cooperative problem-solving task, like this one:
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/d.../coopsqurs.pdf

or google math games- there are lots of whole-class and small-group games they could play
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Middle schoolers value freedom. If you want to reward them, give them 20 minutes of freetime. I always have board games and puzzles. Since you are a math teacher Yahtzee would be fun since it is more of a numbers thing that requires a little logic. Sudoku puzzles might be fun, too.

Apples to Apples is a fun game that anyone can play.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:46 AM
 
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If I have extra time after a test, when the whole class is done, I like to get out the class set of whiteboards. ( You can get a class set at Lowe's or HomeDepot for about $15.) You can also use laminated sheets of cardstock or even have them write on sheet protectors. I prefer the whiteboards, though, because they're larger and easier for me to see.

Give the class a problem, and have them solve it on their board. Ding a bell or give some other signal and have them all hold theirs up at once. ( Be sure you solve it on your own board too, so they can see the proper solution. )

I don't teach math, but I use whiteboards all the time, and the kids love it. ( I'm middle school, too. )


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It depends on the length of time. I taught English and world history, but when I had a few moments sometimes I used one of my pre-written set of mental math problems. (Actually, we were required to incorporate math and science in all our classes.)

With NO pens or pencils, they would listen as I ran through the steps - never going back. Sure taught listening skills. I had a braggin rights list that they got to add their name to if they were the first to give me the correct answer. Other times I gave them each a post-it note and they wrote their name on it. As soon as I finished, they had to immediately write the answer, and I collected them and all who got it right added their names to the braggin' wall.

For example: Everyone - start with 5, multiply by 12, subtract 4, divide by 7, find the cube root, multiply by the room number we are currently in, add 12, divide by 4, etc. And sometimes I'd finish with things like "Multiply by 0" "to the zero power" lliterally negating all the previous answers because the answer would be the same no matter whether they had been correct all along or not.
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Another thing that would be fun would be lateral thinking puzzles. I know you can find books on them-- maybe google it. They're the situational puzzles where the "players" can only ask yes or no questions until they figure out the situation. Like: "The music stopped and she died. What is the situation ?" ( They're great for car trips too. )
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I just pull out Trivia questions...some of the OLD ones are funny for the kids because they're a bit outdated.

ANother thing..you could do idioms, such as "A rolling stone...." and have them fill in the blanks. YOu can get some funny responses.

You could do vocab review (of old concepts and units)...pictionary or charades, even.
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Read Aloud
Old 10-29-2010, 11:04 PM
 
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I know you teach math but you could choose a read aloud to do in your classroom when you have a few minutes extra in class. To get students interested in the book you could have some scheduled extra minutes in class.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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Our math teacher used to have a couple of sets of these cards. Kids loved them! It was amazing how fast paced the game was and the thinking the kids would be doing! I couldn't keep up but used to love to watch.


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Old 10-30-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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I usually allow them to play games. If we are talking about a long time, I would simply go onto the next section I needed to teach. But, if it is a short time I let my kids play "Shut the Box." It is a dice game that they love. You can also allow them to play other dice and card games if you have dice and cards.

Attached is an order of operations game sheet that another teacher on PT sent to me. I have not used it yet, but I did print it out on cardstock and laminate. I will probably use it after a test one day.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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I love the order of operations game. Thanks!!!
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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I love this game and can't wait to try it out!
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:45 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas! I have so many different options now after a test.
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