PARCC is making its second appearance before the year is out...don't be caught unprepared! This set of slides is an excellent way to prepare your 3rd-5th graders for the PARCC EOY test. Even if your district doesn't participate in PARCC testing, you can still use this slideshow for challenging problem solving.
The slideshow begins with practical tips and prompts for discussion about the test itself. Then, students are given problems one at a time. Each problem can be used as a Problem of the Week- you can project it every morning and have the students work a little every day, or you can use one day per week as a PARCC practice problem day.
Following each slide, the answer is revealed and explained. Students are able to more clearly understand the reasoning behind the correct answer.
It is suggested that teachers give students time to discuss their strategies when solving the problems.
The presentation contains 5 practice problems per grade level, or 15 problems in all. Upper grade teachers can also use lower grade problems for additional practice (and 3rd grade teachers may find some 4th grade problems to be relevant and usable).