Monday, January 14, 2013

Count Down To Writing Test

In Florida, fourth graders take a big writing test in February. What better way to count down and get my students excited than with this countdown paper towel roll I made! It's actually a great reminder for me too! Maybe this visual will put a little pressure and excitement in all of us!
Each paper towel sheet is a numbered day counting backwards from the day of the big event. At the beginning of writing time, we tear one more off until we get to the last day...
And I wrote them a special message for the day of the test.
This could be used for many activities: Countdown to Christmas, a family vacation, last day of school. Can you think of any other ideas? Please post them-I'd love to hear from you!
I saw this quote on  Lessons With Laughter (my new bloggy friend) and knew I had to make a poster for my classroom. One, because I love sparkles {it's my favorite color} and two, I think it's a great message for anti-bullying. No one should ever feel any less because of someone it's hanging in my classroom! I had to bling out the word sparkle with some jewels!


  1. I love your paper towel countdown idea - and I love that sign - I think I might have to borrow that idea for my class. Thanks for sharing.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  2. Oh my goodness! So super cute :) I might use this for a final 100th day countdown :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  3. Cute idea!! I found your blog through the Monday Made It linky and am a new follower. I can't wait to check back and see what other cute stuff you come up with!

    Lauren C

  4. Joanne is making me a poster "Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle" poster so that I can display it at my next lia sophia (jewerly) show. I'm a full-time teacher, but a part-time jewelry consultant. It has so many uses!
    I'll definitely want to use the countdown idea with paper towels before FCAT testing comes around! Thanks for always coming up with these great ideas! :)

  5. What a cute countdown idea!! And your poster looks great!! I love the sparkles that you added on it!

    Lessons with Laughter

  6. Love the idea!! I think I will implement this in my classroom for our state testing!!


  7. love love love! I have to do this also...
    thank you for the sweet gift xo

  8. Love this countdown! I am your newest follower :)

    Mindful Rambles

  9. I found you through AMC's Looking from Third to Fourth and am your newest follower! Love the motivational notes for your kiddos for testing. I will remember to do that in May when my kids write their tests. I love the pink poster about not losing your sparkle. Such a great idea! I know you shared it with AMC, any chance you would be willing to share with others?

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