This resource serves as a handy guide to all of the STAAR stems that have been used since 2013 (including the most recent 2017 release test). The bundle includes all three elementary tested grade levels (3rd, 4th, and 5th). In each file, the stems are categorized by TEKS and in chronological order from most recent to least recent.
You can use these stems to aid in creating your own STAAR-aligned questions or use them to look for patterns in the questioning format. (Great for vertical alignment!) By looking at all question stems from the same TEKS, you can easily identify academic vocabulary which will be necessary for student mastery. Because you have all 3 grade levels to look at, you can identify patterns and see how questions from the same TEKS evolve from 3rd grade up to 5th.
While this resource serves more as a teacher resource, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and understand the different types of questions they are required to answer. By understanding what kind of question they are looking at, they can better determine how to tackle that question. If you’re looking for an example of how to use these stems to create STAAR aligned activities, check out some of our other resources!
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