Well, we have our obnoxious lovely state testing beginning tomorrow for my 5th graders.  Tuesday is Math and Wednesday is Reading.  I wanted to do something fun today that would also be a review, so we are going to be playing SCOOT!  This is definitely NOT something I came up with... I found it somewhere on the Internet several years ago and have been using it ever since.  Basically, I read aloud an old TAKS passage to my students and we discussed it and did the strategies that we usually do.  Then, I put a question at each desk in my class. Each question is numbered from 1-25 and they are in numerical order of course.  The students answer the question at their desk and when I say SCOOT! They move to the next question/desk.  This is a quite simple review activity and my students love it!  I think they just really enjoy the moving around.... :)  I know that there are SCOOT! recording sheets out there, but I just have my students use notebook paper... seems silly to waste use copy in that way.

P.S. - I used my TAKS Busters book for this activity.  This book has several stories, but each story has about 30-40 questions to go with it and they are sorted by TEK... this made it easy for me to pick questions/TEKS that the students need more review on.  (This is what the cover looks like except mine in the 5th grade version.  This is the best $40 I've ever spent.)

Hope everyone else has a Marvelous Monday!!!  (Ugh... I just thought about having to cover my room this afternoon! lol.)


  1. I definitely remember the SCOOT! game. My students play it before benchmarks. I usually have them work in pairs though. That way, they can share their thinking.

  2. I've never heard of this before! What a great idea! I will definitely use this before reading STAAR in April! Thanks for sharing!

    Confessions of a Fourth Grade Teacher

  3. Hi Sandy:
    That sounds like FUN!
    I've never seen a "Test Buster" type book before. I wish California had one.

    Best of luck on the The Test...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade


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