Thursday, March 15, 2012

Test prep stations...

Oh how we LOVE test prep time. In our grade we stop teaching the oh so fun basal reading and devote an entire month or so, to test prep for our wonderful NYS ELA test. Our kiddos will take this test in the middle of April, right after 2 weeks of spring break! What fun! I'm tired of the same boring test prep so while searching blogs, I found this awesome idea from Teaching in Room 6! I tweaked this idea to fit in my classroom. I have 5 stations which the kids must go to during the week. They include: Grammar review, task cards, reading skill practice,, and work with teacher. This is the end of our first week and I absolutely love them!! It was so great to work with the kids in small groups to be able to discuss some practice tests they took. After spring break I will be carrying over this type of stations while starting to try out the CAFE and modified Daily 5. Next year our 3-6 grades will be departmentalized, so I already know that I will be teaching all fourth graders reading, spelling, grammar, and writing. So why not try out a few things this year?? Any suggestions would be welcome on how to fit all of these subjects into 83 minutes!!

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