Gearing Up for Testing

Posted by Teresa M. on Feb 24, 2015 7:43:36 PM

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The SBAC and PARCC are two tests that that have been developed to access the new standards being taught. In most states, these tests are replacing your testing in writing, reading, and the math end-of-year test. Students need to be prepared to answer rigorous questions, apply critical thinking skills and use their knowledge at a higher level.

Ways to Prepare Your Students For Exams

1. Find resources that help with higher level thinking skills. Big Universe can filter by state content standards, concept, or skill level. Reading text online and responding to text will help prepare your students. These are examples that you may find helpful as you prepare your students for these tests.

Filtered by State Content Standard

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Those Lugnuts by Dennis E. Paul (2004)

It can be difficult to find interesting materials for students who read below grade level, but these hilarious characters and goofy stories will get students reading! The small amount of text per page and strong visual cues make these stories very reader-friendly. Phonetic skills get a real workout through the repeated use of words with special vowel and letter combinations.

Filter by Quiz Strand or Concept

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Walt Disney (Graphic Biographies) (2008)

Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge--bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.

2. Be familiar with an online test environment.

Sample Test Question

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3. Having your students read engaging stories is one way you can help your students feel prepared for their big test day!

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The Big Test Julie Danneberg (author), Judy Love (illustrator)

Mrs. Hartwell is preparing her class to take the Big Test. Knowing they have studied and are well-prepared, she helps the students practice how to sit quietly, fill in the bubbles, and follow the directions. She even instructs them on proper morning-of-the-test nutrition. As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all: learning to relax!

4. They need to feel comfortable in a digital environment. Due to the online nature, all the tools the student needs are within the test itself. The authoring tool in Big Universe will help prepare them by teaching them basic skills like clicking and dragging.

5. Review Academic Vocabulary with your students. This is the language necessary for the test. For researched based academic vocabulary instructional ideas click here.

Try these ideas with your students. We would love your feedback! For more information visit Gearing Up for Testing Part II.

Topics: Personal Experiences, Common Core, Differentiation, Integration Ideas, Literacy

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