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Fourth graders identify and demonstrate test taking strategies. They discuss pre-test taking strategies they can do at home, and take an actual practice test. Students read short stories and answer multiple choice questions, draw a picture to illustrate a short passage, and discuss what test taking strategies worked for each section of the practice test.
Fifth graders examine a variety of test taking strategies. They read a short passage and identify whether sentences are fact or opinion, read a different passage and answer multiple-choice comprehension questions, and write complete sentences to answer comprehension questions. After taking the practice test, they discuss how to best solve each question.
Fifth graders role-play a test taking atmosphere while taking a practice test and examine a variety of test-taking strategies. They define different types of writing, match the writing type to the correct definition, compare and contrast fiction and nonfiction, and read different passages and answer comprehension questions.
Fifth graders examine a variety of test taking strategies and skills. They discuss ways to decode words they have trouble reading, match types of writing with their definitions, read a short passage and complete a comparison chart, and complete a keyword chart for two short passages.
Fourth graders practice test taking strategies. They use known grammar skills such as consonant blends and digraphs to decode unknown words on tests. They apply syllable division rules and practice reading directions carefully. Finally, they read passages and answer associated multiple choice questions in a guided practice setting.
Students examine test taking strategies by participating in this lesson. They identify "Look-alike choices" in which one is correct and the other choices are eliminated. They also identify "I'm Done" in which they check the clock and then go back and review their answers. Finally, they identify "echo options" in which if they identify two choices as opposite, chances are one is the correct choice.
Third graders observe and demonstrate test taking strategies. They role-play a test-taking atmosphere in the classroom during the lesson plan, discuss a variety of multiple choice test taking strategies, and analyze sample problems that include reading a story and answering multiple choice questions.
Third graders play a variation of Bingo to reinforce study skills, time management, and test taking strategies. As the teacher draws key words, they offer brief explanations or descriptions about how the words can be used. As key words are called, 3rd graders mark them with an X.
Third graders recognize the attitudes, knowledge and skills contributing to effective learning in school and across the life span. They complete an inventory that self-assesses their ability in study skills, test taking strategies, and basic time management and organizational skills.
Sixth graders utilize test taking strategies while taking a reading comprehension quiz. They use five strategies: pay careful attention to directions, decide exactly what the question is asking, ask the examiner for clarification of directions, record answers in the correct position, and completely erase incorrect answers.
Test-taking strategies like logical reasoning, elimination, and guessing are emphasized in a whole group practice session. Test questions require readers to identify prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Only four of 10 questions regarding prefixes are included, but you'll find 10 about suffixes and root words respectively.
Fourth graders practice test taking strategies in their classroom by setting up their desks appropriately, and discussing proper focus strategies. They discuss was to reduce test anxiety. They complete a practice test following directions properly, and decide what to do when they encounter words that they cannot read or decode.
Fifth graders use phonics, language structure and semantics to read and comprehend text. They use self-monitoring and self-correcting strategies while reading. They use graphs, illustrations and headers to understand a text. Students discuss various test taking strategies.
Second graders participate in a simulation of a test taking situation in the classroom to answer questions about punctuation and sentence comprehension. They review test taking strategies focusing on reading the whole question first, and eliminating obvious wrong answers when completing multiple choice questions. In the next section, they work with questions that have three look alike answers.