I was torn the first time I taught this unit. I am not a fan of all the over-testing being done in school these days. But, I decided, if my students are going to be judged based on these exams, I want them to be as prepared as any student.
I came up with 10 tips to be a better test taker. They range from how to take educated guesses instead of wild ones to simply remembering to go to bed early the night before. Some of the tips are specifically for reading assessments, such as how to skim the passage for the main idea.
What you get:
*A file with the 10 tips, each designed to allow the page to be folded down, covering up the tip until the teacher is ready to "reveal" it. These cards make for a nice classroom display.
*A short unit plan which includes the daily "Aim," and instructional strategies for teaching each tip.
The unit is designed to spend one day each on tips 1-8, and a final day for tips 9 and 10, but can be condensed if you wish.
A general note about my lessons:
Each lesson has a checkbox for the teacher to circle which standards they are using in the lesson. While they list ESL standards and were used in a classroom with ESL students, these lessons are appropriate for students of all abilities. They were used in diverse classrooms with students who ranged from speaking no English, to being fluent native speakers.