Ready to play a fun and cute prank on your new students?
Begin by putting the assessment on their desk.
When my students were at art today, I passed out these tests on their desks.
When they returned from art, they found “the test” on their desk. They found this important sign on the SmartBoard:
I told my students that I was very sorry, but unfortunately I had to give them their first test, even though it was only their second day of school! I explained that it would be a true and false test. I would read one sentence at a time, repeat the sentence, and then the student would have to write “true” or “false.”
By this time, I was getting lots of questions: “Is this for a grade?” and complaints “But you didn’t tell us about this test!” and worries “What if I don’t know anything?”
I reassured my students and told them although it is important that they do well, it is not for a grade. I encouraged them to try their best.
I then began! I read the first “test” question aloud.
1. Your teacher has two children.
After reading this sentence, I have some pretty confused looks. I reread the sentence, “Your teacher has two children.” By now, the students are saying, “What? Huh? Hmmm???”
Still in all seriousness, I reminded the students to do their best, after all this is a test! I told them to write true or false on the line by number one. Now, completely confused, they wrote something down. I moved on.
2. Your teacher has a dog named Nugget, who is spoiled rotten.
By this time, they know. There are giggles, whispers, laughs and of course, I join them! By this time, I let the students in on my little joke.
They are taking a very official: Teacher TEST!
THEY LOVE IT!
So, we continue, in a playful manner this time, to take the test! I say several other sentences that are about me and either true or completely made up!
3. Your teacher is still friends with someone that she has known since kindergarten. (Marie- I know you are reading, thanks for this idea!!!)
4. Your teacher’s favorite store to shop at is Target. (That would be true- Target you make a small fortune from me.)
5. Your teacher runs in the mornings before coming to school. (Glutton for punishment? Nope, I actually love working out in the morning.)
6. Your teacher does not like math. (False, I love math!!! I love making it FUN!)
7. Your teacher has a sister who is a teacher at this school. (Nicole, these kids truely think that we are sisters- is it the blond hair? Anyways, that is a FALSE!)
8. Your teacher’s favorite TV show is American Idol. (Nope, never watched an episode. LOVE Amazing Race. Auditioned countless times. Literally. Still waiting for the phone call.)
9. Your teacher is a vegetarian and loves Chipotle. (I am an animal lover- True!)
AND so on…you get the jist :)
The students LOVE this activity because it is sneaky! They really feel like you *got them!* They also love learning about their teacher! (Why is it so exciting for them to learn our first names? Or our favorite TV show???)
When you are done reading your sentences have students switch papers. Reread each sentence and explain the correct answer, letting your students learn more about you. They will also have a blast grading each others papers! :) Something about using red teacher pens and making those check marks and smiley faces.
You can have the student then make their OWN true/false statements! Have each student write 5 sentences, including facts about themselves and also things that are made up. Then, each student can read their sentences to the class and the class can decide if they are true of false.
Happy test taking!