The long hot days of testing are upon us. Schedules are changed. Students may stay with you for hours even though you only teach them one subject. Always operating on the principle that if I am bored, certainly the students are bored. There needs to be a mix of fun and review and perhaps a touch of adventure to make it through the next few weeks. Due to an atmosphere of testing, it also needs to be a fairly quiet atmosphere. The solution? A little bit of Google magic.
Creating a Google Slides Choice Board
I wanted the students to have choice and I wanted something a little different than the traditional printed choice board. After gathering the art (bigstockphoto.com), the board was created and the appropriate slides added. Each icon links to a slide. The first day the board had only nine activities.
The activities were based on review content and current content for social studies and science (the subjects I teach). My students also work on Duolingo daily. Other great resources for interactive activity include Nearpod, Playposit, and Classtools. My students also participate in Classcraft. This tool allowed me to offer XP, HP, AP, and Gold Coins for completing the activities. A few of the activities are shown below:
The students enjoyed having choices. A big bonus is that it broke the time up. Each activity is anywhere from 10-30 minutes. This allows for a change in subject and usually the chance to do something funny to have a little break.
Each night I change the background, move the activities and add a few more to choose from. This keeps the game current and keeps them guessing as to the reward amounts and/or penalties as well as the activities, including the funny ones. The activities have been fun for the students, allowed for a quiet testing atmosphere, and allowed them to review in an interactive way. A win-win for a tough time of year.