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    By Suzanne

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    Here in the big city of Tampa, FL, I do this all the time every day since we have the dreaded FCAT assessment test. You would be surprised what children can write as a problem to be solved by themselves. I always have them write 10 problems a week and solve with a theme. This month, every problem has been about decimals. They exchange papers and solve. The question maker then grades the paper they wrote. This teaches them to be consise and stick to the topic.
    I also use a bell like restaurants have when an order is up. 2 people sit across from each other with scratch paper and pencil. I read the problem once and them must solve it as quickly as possible. The first one done rings the bell and stands up. If correct, he/she wins a point for the team. They love that -- give it a try. Good luck from FL! By the way, this also grade 5.

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