Friday, January 29, 2010

Fun Ways of Getting Ready for the State Test

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It is about the time for teachers to be prepping their class for the sate test. You'll love this Jeopardy Game that comes from Intermediate teacher Christy Constande to help prepare her students. She gives this for homework and then has the children use these questions to play Jeopardy. You can change or make up your own questions to emphasize the strategies you are teaching your own students about your state test.

FCAT Jeopardy - Study Guide
Answer the following questions.

1. If the questions stems says, “Which event happened after ________,” what are you going to do?
0 A. Pick an answer because you just read the text.
0 B. Read the answer choices carefully and mark the one you think it is.
0 C. Reread the question stem to know exactly what you are looking for.
0 D. Go back to the text and find the answer because it is a sequencing question.

2. If the question stem says, “What is the main idea of the passage?” what are you going to do?
0 A. Think about what you read and mark your answer.
0 B. Reread the entire piece of text.
0 C. Think about the title and the text to rethink in your mind what you were just reading about. 0 D. Mark the longest answer because that is probably the answer.

3. If the question stem says, “What caused or what was the result of….?” what are you going to do?
0 A. Go back to the text and find your answer because cause and effect relationships are RIGHT THERE questions.
0 B. Read the choices and mark the answer you think it is.
0 C. Mark “C” because “C” is usually the answer.
0 D. Guess

4. If the question stems says, “What do you think..?” what are you going to do?
0 A. Read the four answer choice carefully to see which matches the text and what you are thinking in your mind.
0 B. Go back to the text and hunt for the answer.
0 C. Mark the answer that looks right.
0 D. Close your eyes and drop your pencil and see where it lands.

5. If you have a map, diagram or chart to look at, what should you do when you go to answer the question?
0 A. Look only at the map, diagram, or chart.
0 B. Look back at the text for the answer.
0 C. Reread the directions.
0 D. Look at the text and the map, diagram, or chart to find the answer.

6. What is the first thing you should read when a piece of text is in front of you?
0 A. the title
0 B. the directions
0 C. the text
0 D. the answer choices

7. Why should you read the title of the text?
0 A. It comes before the text.
0 B. It is in big letters and may be important.
0 C. It may give a clue as to what the text will be about and will get your brain thinking about the text.
0 D. Your teacher thinks that titles are important and you should always read them.

8. Read Think and Explain answers should start with….
0 A. a topic sentences that includes words from the question.
0 B. restating the entire question and then answering the question.
0 C. an engaging lead like a story.
0 D. your opinion on the question.

9. Read Think and Explain answers MUST include
0 A. your opinions
0 B. a retelling of the story
0 C. specific details from the story and proper nouns
0 D. the question stem written word for word before your answer

10. It is important on a Read Think and Explain to
0 A. write neatly
0 B. spell words in the text and question correctly
0 C. go back to the text and look for EXACT details
0 D. all of the above

11. When reading the text, the most important strategy would be to
0 A. read slowly
0 B. read with expression
0 C. underline important information and talk back to the text
0 D. don’t skip words

12. If you don’t understand the question, you should
0 A. ask your teacher for help
0 B. guess
0 C. reread the text
0 D. reread the question stem

13. When answering questions an effective strategy to help you find the right answer would be to
0 A. guess
0 B. draw a line through the answers you know are wrong
0 C. put an X on the right side of the answers you know are wrong
0 D. bubble in neatly

14. If you can’t find the answer, you should
0 A. sit and ponder for a long time
0 B. go back and reread the text that has to do with the question
0 C. skip it
0 D. guess

15. If you come across a vocabulary word and they ask you what the meaning is, the meaning will probably be
0 A. really hard to read
0 B. easy to read
0 C. a word you have never ever seen before
0 D. a word that you may know and that will make sense in the sentence when you plug it back in

16. If you finish the test before time is called you should
0 A. take a deep breath
0 B. reread the question stems and your answer choice to see if they match up
0 C. close your booklet and take a nap
0 D. wink at your teacher because you are done

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