2nd grade test taking strategies


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  • jc-schools.net/tutorials/test-strategies.ppt MATERIALS I NEED: Example passages from Primary 2 Complete Battery Stanford 10 Teacher’s Manual Examples of Passages from other resources Comprehension Strategy from Benchmark Need to find….How-To’s/Poems
  • This is a power point you could use to do with your children to explain important things that will help them do well on the test.
  • Looking at the practice booklet, there aren’t any “all of the above” etc.
  • In second grade, they get as much time as they need.
  • Sets that purpose just like in Quick Reads
  • Ten ducks were swimming in a pond. Two of the ducks waddled out to eat some bread crumbs. How many ducks were still in the pond? Remember, there were ten and three waddled out. Mark your answer. What can we do to foster good listening skills?
  • Once or twice a week- this is not boot camp-get a packet together/ Use grade level passages and questions or books of choice from classroom library Grade level text: This is what you are going to see; we want you to be prepared.
  • Use resources from comprehension strategy booklet (HOLLY BRING TO SHOW) How-To: students will have bulleted items, or numbered items -main idea -details -sequence -What kind of how to? How to build a bird house, make an airplane, -refer back to steps Informational -main idea/mostly about -details -vocabulary definitions -author’s purpose Realistic Fiction -reading lots of dialogue -Use strategies from your minilessons on answering questions: Right There, Think and Search, Author and Me…Who, What, -what type of story is this? Use pictures to help Signs -Number 4 says -look for key words Look for numbers! Capital Letters! Fantasy -have to know paragraphs…block style -In paragraph 3… -question that asks what you do if you don’t know what a word means—think about the sentence (not going to use the words Context Clues) Poetry -mood -first part of poem.. -second part of poem.. -rhymes
  • 2nd grade test taking strategies

    1. 1. Strategies for Taking Standardized Tests GRADE 2
    2. 2. ‘Twas the Night Before Testing• Go to bed on time.•Solve family/friend problems beforethe testing date.•Talk to your parents about anyconcerns that you might have about thetest.
    3. 3. The Morning of Testing• Start your day as you always do.• Eat a good breakfast.• Think of what you will do to relax after you get home from school.• Think Positive!
    4. 4. Multiple Choice Questions• If you do not understand the directions, ask for help.• Read the question and all answer choices before marking anything.
    5. 5. Pace Yourself• Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Do your best and then move on.• Answers the easiest questions first, but be sure to go back to those questions you skipped.
    6. 6. Multiple Choice Questions• Do not change your answers unless you are very uncertain about your first answer choice.• Answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can.
    7. 7. Multiple Choice Questions• An answer that has “all of the above” is usually the correct answer.• None of the above" is usually an incorrect response,• "Funny" responses are usually wrong
    8. 8. The Process of Elimination• There are usually two answers that are really wrong.• There are usually two “maybe’s,” with one answer being the BEST. I know A isn’t the answer!
    9. 9. The Process of Elimination• If all else fails, choose the second (b) bubble or third bubble (c). The first (a) bubble is usually least likely to be the correct one.
    10. 10. Answering Questions• Go back to the passage and reread!• Is it right there? Think & Search? Author & Me?
    11. 11. Skip, Return, Check• If you finish early, check to make sure you have answered all questions.
    12. 12. Reading Passages• The test requires you to read passages and then answer questions about what you read, so read the questions first.•By doing this, you will know whatyou are looking for as you read.This also helps you go faster onthe test.
    13. 13. Reading Passages• When there are several questions about a reading passage or chart, look for clues in other questions that will help you with those items about which you are unsure.
    14. 14. Key Words• Find key words or phrases in the question that will help you choose the correct answer.
    15. 15. Mathematics Problem Solving• This requires lots of listening.• Look at the pictures/numbers as your teacher reads the question.• Pay attention to the word “remember” and all of the words that follow!
    16. 16. Mathematics Problem Solving• When using scratch paper on a math test, double check to make sure that you have copied the problem correctly from the test booklet!
    17. 17. Math Computation• Line up place value correctly on your scratch paper (thousands, hundreds, tens, ones) or the answer will be incorrect.
    18. 18. Math Computation• If your answer does not match one of the choices, reread the problem, recopy the numbers, and try solving it again.
    19. 19. Mathematics Problem Solving• Look at the answers, there will be at least one or two that is really WRONG!• NH- stands for Not Here (check this bubble if you’ve worked out the problem and you know your answer is correct.
    20. 20. A Matter of Time• If any time remains, spend it on those questions about which you know nothing or almost nothing.• As you go back through, do not change all answers.• Remember: Your first guess is usually right.
    21. 21. Final Tips• Fill in bubbles fully, write neatly, and erase stray marks.
    22. 22. The Death Grip• If your arm tires during testing it is probably due to the grip that you have on your pencil.• Relax the grip and give those muscles a break.• Do not do arm exercises during testing as this disturbs others.
    23. 23. Thank you, Mr. Know-it-all!• Remember its okay not to know everything — unlike class tests, these tests will have some questions designed to challenge the limits of your knowledge at a grade level above your current grade.
    24. 24. FOR TEACHERS
    25. 25. Struggling Readers- Teach Explicitly during Small Group Instruction• First read the questions as best as you can.• Skip words you don’t know and fill in with a word that makes sense.• Look for numbers, underlined, or words with Capital Letters.• If you see a word with a capital letter in the middle of a sentence then that word is a name of a person or place most likely.• If you can’t read a name just call the first letter or whatever. However, be sure to call it the same thing every time• If a question is asking what an underlined word means, look for words around that word that are in the answers.
    26. 26. Increase STAMINA-During familiar reading or another time, begin having students read for 10 minutes.-Gradually, increase time by 5 minutes until they can sustain their reading for 30 minutes.
    27. 27. Types of Text• How-To• Informational• Realistic Fiction• Signs/Practical Text• Fantasy• Poetry