So not only do I have to get my
I am not too stressed out about reading, My kids and I are both feeling great about it! We have been rocking it out at Reading Workshop and it's going to show on that test. I still need to make sure they are ready for the test though! I am basing my reading test prep off of Lucy Calkin's Test Prep plan from her fabulous book!
So at the beginning of the week, I taught my kiddos how to "roadmap". (and thanks to Elisabeth for teaching me how to roadmap!"
It's all about annotating and jotting down notes as they read. Because honestly, when my third graders are told to underline, they underline everything. So I loved the whole jotting down notes after each paragraph or section. My kids are loving it too!
My favorite thing about the Lucy Calkin's method is that students read passages on their level and the students are not given the answer choices right away! They answer the open ended question and then they choose the best answer from the choices!
I had never thought about teaching it this way but I LOVE it! The students are really building up their confidence and actually thinking about the answer choices.
So, we are mixing it up. Sometimes the students work with their partner throughout the whole process. Sometimes they read it independently and work together to find the answers, and sometimes they do it all alone! No matter which way we do it, they always meet with a small group of students at the end to discuss their answers.
So to help me stay organized, I made this nifty selections.
I took a large piece of construction paper and glued the selection and questions without answer choices on the front.
Then I folded it in half and glued the questions and answer choices on the back.
Then I laminated them and the students can use Wipeoff markers. Paper Saver and it's all in one place!
So to go along with my new Test Prep Method, I needed a new Acronym! So R.O.A.D.S was born! (You get it for roadmapping...)
I made a poster and bookmarks for my kiddos!
Oh and be sure to check out my last post for a chance to win a Starbucks Card!
The week is halfway over friends! :)