The math SOL test is just around the corner. If you’re an upper elementary teacher in Virginia, you’ve come to the right place!

This blog post is packed with games, books, and ideas to keep your students engaged at the end of the school year as they review for the math SOL test.

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Math SOL Jeopardy

Jeopardy games have quickly become the go-to SOL review game in my classroom. Students love them because they allow for friendly competition as they review the math SOLs. And, I love them because they are an easy, no-prep way to review all of the math SOLs at once.

All of my Math SOL Test Prep Jeopardy resources come with three games to help students review every math SOL.

Each Jeopardy game features five categories, totaling 25 questions. The presentations are coded so that students can easily navigate between the category board, questions, and answers. They can also type points into a scoreboard, even when in presentation mode. All math Jeopardy games come with two versions—one for PowerPoint and one for Google Slides.

Click the grade level you teach below to find Jeopardy games aligned to the math SOLs for that grade level.

The following video is a short tutorial that shows how my math Jeopardy games work.

Students have so much fun with these math Jeopardy games that they don’t even realize they are learning. Don’t believe me? Check out what this other Virginia educator said about my Math SOL Test Prep games:

“These are games that actually work the way they are supposed to! I love that when the students answer a question it disappears and they can easily see which questions have not been answered. This can be completed whole group, small groups, and even individually. This will definitely be used for SOL reviews before the spring test. Thank you for making great products that actually work and are based on Virginia SOLs.” –Ms. Martin

Math SOL Test TEI Items

When I was a student, testing was done with pencil and paper and questions were almost entirely multiple-choice. Today, most testing is done on a computer with a variety of question types.

It is important for students to prepare for technology-enhanced items (also known as TEI items) before the math SOL test. TEI items can include question types such as drag and drop, typed (open-ended) responses, and multiple select. These items can be particularly challenging for students who have little access to computers.

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These SOL-aligned graphing digital centers can be found HERE.

To help students prepare for the TEI items that they will see on the math SOL test, I created digital centers that include lots of drag-and-drop and typed-response questions. Using these digital centers has helped my students become more accustomed to manipulating digital items and answering TEI items.

You can find 4th-grade digital math centers HERE and 5th-grade digital math centers HERE.

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These SOL-aligned area and perimeter digital centers can be found HERE.

Check out what a Virginia teacher said about using these digital SOL-aligned math centers:

“This was an amazing resource. Thank you so much! I reviewed a math topic each day to prepare for our upcoming state tests and your slides made a perfect independent activity for my students. They were clear and easy for students to complete on their own. I will use these year after year!” –Jenny M.

Math Picture Books

No matter how old students are, they still enjoy being read to and looking at picture books.

Math picture books are a fun way to review both math and ELA skills before Virginia SOL testing. Typically, I will create a set of comprehension questions for students to answer as they follow along with the reading.

Sir Cumerference Books

My all-time favorite math picture books for upper elementary are the Sir Cumference books by Cindy Neushwander. All of the books feature stories about the great knight, Sir Cumference, and his mathematical adventures that take place during medieval times.

Some of the Sir Cumference books that align best to the upper elementary math SOLs include:

The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book

Chocolate makes everything better!

One of my students’ favorite math activities of the year involves reviewing fractions with The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book by Jerry Pallotta. This book encourages students to create equivalent fractions using the parts of a Hershey’s chocolate bar.

It can be expensive to buy Hershey’s chocolate bars for every student. So, I usually do one of the following when teaching with this math picture book.

  • Assign students to groups of 2-4 and give each group one chocolate bar. At the end of the book, direct students to divide the chocolate parts evenly between group members for more math SOL test practice.
  • Create a model Hershey’s chocolate bar with its parts on paper. Make copies for students to cut out and manipulate as they listen to the book.

I am no longer able to find this book on Amazon but there are videos of the book being read on YouTube that your students can watch and follow along with.

The Grapes of Math

Each page of The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang features a visual math riddle for students to solve. Most of the riddles require students to solve by looking for patterns and using basic math facts. Be sure to call on students to explain what math skills and strategies they used to find the answer on each page.

These math riddles can make fun starter activities at the beginning of your math SOL test prep lessons.

Math SOL Review Games with Task Cards

If you’re looking for an easy math SOL test review activity, nothing beats task cards!

What I love about task cards is that they can be used in so many different ways. With a few sets of task cards, you can easily host a variety of different SOL review games and scavenger hunts. Check out this blog post or watch the video below to see some of my favorite task card games.

All of my SOL-aligned math task cards include a PDF version and a self-checking, digital version that can be assigned in Google Forms.

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Click the grade level you teach below to find task cards aligned to the math SOLs for that grade level.

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“I cannot say enough about these task cards. I love that they are aligned to the VA SOLs. These have been so helpful in reviewing the skills previously taught and ones we are working on. I love, love, love them!!!” –Megan B.

Virginia SOL-Aligned Math Board Games

I haven’t had a student who didn’t love playing board, card, and dice games during math.

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A variety of board, dice, and card games are included with all of my math unit plans. You can find all of my math unit plans HERE.

But here’s the catch to saving time during my math SOL test review… reuse the board, card, and dice games that students played earlier in the year during guided instruction and math centers.

Recycling activities from earlier in the year will save you time and your students won’t mind reusing them. Be sure to reuse the games that highlight the skills and concepts that your students need the most practice with before the math SOL test.

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Math SOL Test Prep at Home

During Virginia SOL testing season, it is not enough to only review at school. It can also be helpful for students to continue studying at home.

The biggest obstacle is getting parents involved. I used to constantly have parents tell me they were unable to support their children with math at home because “the way they teach it is different from when I was in school.” I am willing to bet you’ve heard that statement at least a few times too!

To help with this, I send home math parent study guides that show parents how I teach all of the math skills in the classroom.

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You can find all of my math parent study guides HERE.

These study guides provide important terms, step-by-step instructions, models, and other helpful tips.

When I began sending these home to parents, I saw an increase in students completing their math homework and parent involvement. Sending these home before the math SOL test also encouraged parents to help their children prepare for state testing.

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Click the grade level you teach below to find parent study guides aligned to the math SOLs for that grade level.

“My parents find this very helpful. I have less parent notes coming to me saying they are unable to help their child.” –Elizabeth L.

Conclusion

Many students automatically think “boring” when they hear test prep. However, math SOL test review can be engaging without spending hours preparing your review activities.

By using low-prep games, reading books, and recycling activities from throughout the school year, you can save tons of time and your students will have fun with meaningful math practice aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning.

For more information about some of the SOL-aligned math resources mentioned in this blog post, check out the following links.

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