Test Prep: Meaningful Test Taking Strategies

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In the world of high stakes testing, teachers and students are feeling more and more pressure to perform and practice test taking. Many schools require vast amounts of test prep--but do our students really have the thinking skills needed to be success in the "genre" of test taking? This resource is a collection of ways that I help my students prepare to take the tests--without really breaking from our curriculum!

We CAN weave test prep into meaningful instruction all year long! Use texts you would be reading anyway and practice tests that are appropriate for your state and grades.

So what is a “Pausing Point”?

A pausing point is a place where you want your students to stop, think, reflect, and write about what is happening. The pausing points in this resource can help you do that with test taking strategies!

I am providing you with these 15 “Pausing Point” reflections in two formats:

*Full page reproducibles that can be used for students to track their thinking, to prepare for book groups, or even for you to assess comprehension.

*“Clippable” journal prompts that can be glued into response journals

The sky is the limit with these!

What is included?

  • “Suggestions for use” page
  • Full Color poster page to guide a “quality response”
  • 15 full page reproducible “Pausing Point” responses INCLUDING teaching tips for each
  • 15 pages of the same pausing points in a “clippable” format to use in a reader’s notebook (5 per page)

Everything you need to get started having students think and write about test taking is right here! This resource is geared toward grades 3-5 but certainly could be used with other students as well. Watch for other "Pausing Point" resources as well! Please download the preview to see what you get.

This is NOT a resource filled with practice problems. Instead, it is meant as a tool to help students reflect and process on what they need to do to be successful test takers.

All rights reserved by ©The Teacher Studio. Purchase of this resource entitles the purchaser the right to reproduce the pages in limited quantities for single classroom use only. Duplication for an entire school, an entire school system, or commercial purposes is strictly forbidden without written permission from the author at fourthgradestudio@gmail.com. Additional licenses are available at a reduced price.

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