ELA Test Prep Digital Escape Room

There is nothing middle school students dread more than test prep! I can't say that I don't feel the same... especially this year. Some students have been online, others have been in person, and then there's the handful of kids who were virtual, but all you say was their ceiling all year, so you don't know how much of the material they really learned.

Every year when it comes to reviewing prior to taking end of year tests, my goal is always the same. MAKE IT AS FUN AS POSSIBLE! Otherwise, I may as well be the Charlie Brown teacher saying, "WHA WHA, WHA," because I've already lost my students in what we're reviewing if it's boring. 

Once again, digital escape rooms for the win!!! I started using these for test prep a few years back and explained the process here. As I saw my students' excitement each time we did one, I started to create more and more digital escapes for various standards & skills. Test prep was no longer something my students or I dreaded.

This year I created volume 3 of the ELA Test Prep Digital Escape Rooms. Don't worry! You don't have to complete any of the rooms in of the escapes in order. 

Vol. 3 covers the following skills:
  1. Key Vocabulary that is almost always used on testing. Words like support, analyze, evaluate, predict, infer, and more are apart of the first "room." Students have to drag and drop the definition to the appropriate word. I allow my students to Google words they're unsure of if necessary.
  2. Reading Comprehension- Students will read a short story and answer questions on main idea, supporting evidence, context clues, and more.
  3. Types of Conflict- Using the 5 types of conflict, students will drag the conflict scenario example next to the appropriate conflict type.
  4. Types of Genres- Each slide has describes a different genre. Students must decide what type of genre is being described. 
Students also will have the opportunity to use decoders to determine a couple of the codes. Making test prep more of a competition always entices kids. Educational classroom games are engaging and fun, as long as you set them up I usually offer a few points of extra credit for the student or group who finishes first. They don't have a clue that not only are they reviewing important skills, they're also using higher-order thinking in the process. It's a WIN-WIN! 

To see this resource in action, check out the video below:

For more test prep ideas, check out this blog post. How do you review for end of year or unit tests? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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