Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Peek at My Week - Last Week Before Testing

The last week before STAAR testing is finally here.  That means the last week of staying later than usual for after school tutorials - yay!  That's a definite positive, although a negative of this week is that we were supposed to have Friday off.  But Houston actually had 2 ice days this winter, and we have to make them both up.  Oh well, that means one extra day to review before testing, right? :)

For this week, I am actually really excited about a product I found on TPT to help review for the reading test.

It's made by Teacher Trap, and it is one of my favorite things I've ever bought on TPT.  It is really going to help kids analyze the structure of the Reading test and its questions.  I also love the last couple activities that will be like a last minute "pep talk" for my kids.  As you can tell from the cover, one of the activities involves using the story of "The Tortoise and the Hare" and comparing it to being a good test taker.  Such a simple idea, but something I had never thought of before - genius!

Along with activities from this unit, I also plan on continuing to review some of the skills that show up on the test the most - summarizing, context clues, and making inferences.  One new product I found for context clues is this one by Logical Lex:

I already blogged about some of the other products I'm using to review the other skills {here}.

I've also already written a lot about how we're reviewing for the Math STAAR using a math scrimmage game.  You can read more about that {here}.  It is hands down the most motivational math test review I've ever done with a class.  They absolutely love it!  

And what I'm most excited for this week is the fun testing dress code our school is implementing based on information I found at Connections Academy Blog.  Tomorrow is PJ day to remind students to get a good night's sleep the nights before testing.  I found these cute and comfy PJ's from Target this weekend that I'll be lounging around in during test prep tomorrow!

I'm linking this post up with Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at my Week.

I'm off to make my salad lunches for the week (I make all 5 salads on Sunday) and watch the MTV Movie Awards.  Love a lazy Sunday!

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