FCAT 2.0 Mathematics, Grade 3 - 5Grade Category % Number: Operations, Problems, and 3 50 Statistics Geometry and Measurement 30 Number: Fractions 20 4 Number: Operations and Problems 45 Geometry and Measurement 30 Number: Base Ten and Fractions 25 5 Number: Base Ten and Fractions 50 Geometry and Measurement 30 Expressions, Equations, and Statistics 20 3
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MathematicsIncludes multiple choice and gridded responses. –Multiple choice = 1 point –Gridded responses = 1 point
Math: What do Students have Trouble with? • Geometry Vocabulary • Algebraic Thinking (patterns) • Estimation • Measurement
FCAT Math Assessment• The Third - Fifth grade FCAT math test is a multiple choice exam that covers all aspects of math from addition to algebra.• We provide daily FCAT math practice to our students. Example: 40 Day Countdown.• Each morning our students complete 5 FCAT style math problems for morning work. At Spanish Lake, we begin each math lesson by reviewing those problems with multiple ways to solve them before beginning the daily lesson.• Students also receive computer assisted instruction using Success maker, Gizmo, Florida Achieves, Brain Pop and FCAT Explorer.• Students will be assessed in the skill areas of addition, subtraction, rounding, telling time, multiplication, geometry, measurement, reading graphs, division, probability, fractions, and decimals.
Everyday Math Opportunities: Cereal Box Newspaper Fast food paper bag Supermarket/Stores Multiplication CD in the car Recipe or easy mix boxes “Waiting room” magazine with educational emphasis Card or board game Flashcards Street signs & billboards
Ways Parents Could Help• Learning doesn’t stop HERE.• Step 1- Read problem carefully.• Step 2- Underline Question-What are they asking you to find out?• Step 3- Circle clue words.• Step 4- Circle Numbers.• Step 5- Determine what action to take to solve problem.
Problem Solving Strategies 1. Act out the problem 2. Use models and manipulatives 3. Make a picture or a diagram 4. Make a table or chart 5. Make an organized list 6. Work backwards 7. Use logical reasoning; deduction 8. Guess and check 9. Use or look for a pattern 10. Solve a simpler problem 11. Write an equation 12. Brainstorm ideas
Steps to Prepare for FCAT Math• Provide assistance and practice flash cards using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.• Supervise/Tutor your child with their daily math homework.• Ask your child to log-in to FCAT Explorer (Florida Achieves), Brain Pop and Gizmo on home computer.
Parent Involvement• Practice Computation• 3rd Grade- Multiplication• 4th Grade- Equivalent Fractions• Long Division• 2 digit Multiplication.• 5th Grade- Division• Adding and Subtracting Fractions• Decimals• Percents
Test Taking Strategies• Read the directions carefully. Ask your teacher to explain any directions you do not understand.• Be sure to fill in the answer bubbles correctly. Do not make any stray marks around answer spaces.• When you have finished each problem, reread it to make sure your answer is reasonable.• Check each answer to make sure it is the best answer for the question.• Relax. Some people get nervous about tests. It’s natural. Just do your best!
We Want CALM Students!• As a parent you are in the greatest position to prepare your child to succeed in FCAT testing.• During the weeks of testing please try to calm, encourage, and reassure your child. Tell them that they are great! Also, that they will do great on the TEST!