My students love anything that has a competition built into it. Let’s face it, we all give a little extra when there are bragging rights involved, and they are no different. To make boring test prep questions a bit more fun, I institute a little partner competition in the classroom.
What I love most about this is that all you need is a packet of test prep questions for each set of partners. I have been using multi-step problems from my own store as the questions.
How to Have a Partner Contest
- Each problem you solve with your partner correctly earns you 2 points.
- A problem that I help you and your partner to solve you get 1 point.
- Each incorrect problem earns you a goose egg.
In the end, I tally up all the points earned by each partnership and the partners with the most points win bragging rights. Sometimes I throw in a little prize, but not always.
This has been a great strategy for test prep that has worked wonders in both reading and math practice!
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