I try to integrate PARCC questions and “PARCC-like” questions to my pre-algebra students all year long so there is not scramble in the few weeks before the test to prepare.
One thing I do is create a presentation with each released PARCC question for 7th grade math from the online practice test.
Each question has a calculator or no calculator graphic.
You can use this as bell-ringers, exit tickets, jeopardy style review, or just (my favorite) to reference when writing assessment and then lessons.
I wanted to share the presentation and pdf because I think it’s much more user friendly than the site.
(*obviously none of this is original – screenshots from here)
Today in Personal Finance we talked about the difference between wants and needs as part of our budget unit. I modified a card sort from unicef with memes (that the kids said I was “not using correctly” and I said “I don’t care”).
In their predetermined groups they first had to make a wants pile and a needs pile. Then they had to rank their wants and needs from most to least important and make a flow map.
my example flowchart
Each group presented to the class and we tracked how our wants and needs were different. It led to some interesting discussion of how our values determine our priorities.
This is a great lead in for budgeting and (probably?) other activities as well!
The cards are here! (all memes are from the internet and not my creation AT ALL)