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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Content Review and Test Prep Games

Whether you are wanting to review previously-taught content or you need to prepare for state testing, you most likely need some novelty and fun to go with it.  There's just something about making it into more of a game that takes the sting out of it.

I wanted to make games that could be used with any task cards, test questions, or core subject.  So, the result was 4 games that require very few materials and almost ZERO teacher preparation.

       Helps make test review and preparation less painful and more fun
       Has students thinking critically about both the questions and the answers
       Uses collaborative and cooperative learning techniques
       Incorporates Language Arts

This packet includes the following games:
       Beat the Bubbles (Test Review and Vocabulary Review)
       The Answer is ______.  What is the Question?
       Ball and Cup

       Show What You Know Board Game

Pick up a copy by clicking here.

How about you?  What kinds of review games do you use?  How do you make test prep more fun and less tedious?  I'd love to hear what you do!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Recipe Round-Up: Valentine's Day!

One of my favorite perks of being a teacher is the ability to try out new recipes on weekends and holiday breaks.  I'd be lying if I said that food isn't important to me.  It gives me comfort and a sense of satisfaction when I make a dish that nourishes my family.  It brings us together and gives us memories to share.  What better time is there to make culinary memories than Valentine's Day?

In that spirit, I am joining Laurah at The ESOL Odyssey for her monthly Recipe Round-Up.

In the past, I would try to plan a baked surprise for my husband.  BUT... I have a one-year-old now.  That means that it has to be something quick, healthy, and still tasty.  The first thing that came to mind was fruit and chocolate dip.  How about some yummy chocolate pudding that can also be used as a fruit dip?

These directions will make 2 servings:
--12 ounces plain Greek Yogurt.  I buy 4% FULL FAT Greek yogurt because that is the recommended yogurt for our Little Man, but I have used low fat and it still tastes great. 
-- 4 TB unsweetened baking cocoa 
--Sweetener to taste.  I use Stevia crystals because at this point, science claims it's healthy for babies. 
Stir all ingredients until smooth. 
Slice some fruit and add nuts (only for mommy and daddy) to complete the yumminess.  I like to use a banana, strawberries and  almonds.

This dip is so rich and creamy.  I know the whole family will love this!

Do you have a family-friendly Valentine's recipe?