Are you a first year teacher in Texas or a Teacher who needs help preparing your students for the STAAR Reading Test? These are my classroom tested strategies that I have used in my classroom for 7+ years (both TAKS and STAAR). I've used these strategies in Grades 3 - 7. I believe they make a huge difference for struggling students. 3rd Graders, especially need extra assistance getting ready for the "big day" because it is their first year testing.
When I taught 5th - 7th Grade, I did not make my students read the questions first (they took TAKS), but with STAAR's new time limit I think it helps the younger students narrow down answers.
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