Sunday, April 6, 2014

Peek at my Week - 2 Weeks Until State Testing!

I am linking up with Mrs. Laffin's Laughings to share what I have planned for this week...with only 2 weeks to go until Texas state testing for my 4th graders, I needed to have a solid plan for every minute!

In Math, I started by creating a plan for Whole Group and Small Group review based on which objectives my students need more practice with.  Click the link to view a google doc showing how I organized my Whole Group and Small Groups review.

Math STAAR Review Groups

In the mornings, the whole class will participate in our Math Scrimmage competition that I blogged about HERE yesterday.  In the afternoons, I will use the information on the google doc to review a skill with the whole class.  Then, I will work with a couple small groups on their targeted objectives while the other kids either do fact practice, a spiral review worksheet, or STAAR task cards.  This time will be a Math Workshop, with students assigned to what they are supposed to work on.  The task cards they will be using are these by Gina Kennedy:

For Reading, I only had 9 kids fail the practice Released STAAR test we took a couple months ago.  So my main small group focus is going to be on them during the next couple of weeks.  I plan on doing a short whole group review every day.  One resource I will use during this time is these Paired Reading Selection cards by Rosie's Resources:

I will also review summarizing with the task cards from my Summarizing unit:

Then, in small groups with the 9 students who failed the benchmark, I will use various short passages with questions and task cards.  I plan on meeting with 2 groups per day (5 students in one group and 4 in the other) every day for the next two weeks.  Here are some of the task cards I plan on using:


So, as you can see, I have a LOT of small group time planned for this week.  Last chance to get as many students as possible over the "Passing" line for the big test!  If you teach a testing grade, how do you plan out your last couple weeks before the big day(s)?  Link up with Mrs. Laffin's Laughings to share...I'd LOVE to see what others are doing!


  1. That sounds like a wonderful test prep plan! I don't test until May 27thish so I still have some time to prepare. In the past I have used Test Prep Rotations and it is very similar to what you are doing! But the resources look great. I might have to add some to my collection. I'm your newest follower!

    Adventures in 4th Grade

  2. Wow, you guys test late! I am so ready to get our testing over with soon! I was just using the Text Selections today, and it is definitely a helpful product I would recommend.

  3. New follower here too...I know you saw the things I am doing in my class this week but before this I have also worked to help students get in the right mindset - looking at the big test as if it were a championship. Did UConn complain about going to the Final 4? No way! It should be the same for our students. I actually wrote a little book about it - let me know if you're interested. :)

    1. I checked out your book - very creative! I'm looking more for motivational stories (such as Wilma Unlimited, for example) about inspirational people who showed perseverance. Thank you for sharing it with me, though, and I wish you the best of luck with sales! I love that you accomplished such a big goal as publishing a book!

  4. Yes, I am definitely on the lookout for motivational ideas for next week. I think motivation is such a big part of their success on the tests!