Kelley over at the Teacher Idea Factory created this wonderful free pack FULL of fun ideas called State Testing Adopt-A-Class Project & Ideas for you to do to support the older kiddos who are taking important tests.
Last year it was such a hit that we decided to do it again this year. My kiddos were so excited to make cute little gifts for the 'big' kids and write them good luck letters. They got even more excited when I told them that they would get treats from my new first graders when they are in fourth grade. They don't realize how important those big tests are, but that's okay. Ignorance is bliss! :)
There are so many ideas in Kelley's pack, but we chose just a few. The way our school decided to do it was the Kindergartners adopted a third grade class, the first graders adopted a fourth grade class, and the second graders adopted a fifth grade class.
Our fourth graders are only testing on 2 days, but we made 3 days worth of treats and wrote letters to go with them.
Here are some pics of what we made for our adopted fourth graders:
I also have a gift ready for their teacher who I'm sure is very stressed. She likes to walk and bike in the summer so I filled this cute cup with coffee and chocolate...what every teacher needs! :)