This collection is for Texas teachers, as it is specific to the state's STAAR test.
There are a few things in this collection. I will tell you how I used them, but you will probably have some great ideas of your own!
First, is the shooting STAAR pages. The third page of this packet can be used as a cover page for STAAR practice packets. The fourth page is a sign you can use to create a Wall of Fame. The fifth page is to be cut into fourths. I wrote the name of the student on the page if the stu-dent reached a certain score on a practice packet. I used a score of 100%, but you may want to award all A’s. In addition to earning a spot on the Wall of Fame, I also gave them a small treat.
The next set of pages, 6 and 7, I used two days prior to the test when we had a test prep day at our school. We hung the Super Tester Hero sign outside of our door. I printed the other page on 2” x 4” address labels and every student in the third grade wore one for the day. During the morning, we did activities that focused on being prepared for the test. Our school counselor came by and read a story to the children and gave them Smarties candies because they are smarties. We reviewed testing strategies, and reasons why they would be successful. Page num-ber 9 in this packet can be used for students to draw themselves as a super tester in the box, then inside of the six stars, they write a super tester strategy. For example, Be prepared; Check for reasonableness; Pace yourself; Check your work; Do your best; Focus on key words; Eat a good breakfast; and Understand the problem.
The last document is a note that we send home the day prior to the first test. We had a read-in during the afternoon to encourage students to take a brain break. I allowed my students to bring a blanket, stuffed animal, or pillow, a snack, and some good books to read.