Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reading Test Prep with a Twist!

Yep, it's test prep time.  So why in the world did we have a field test today?  Yep, heard it right.  THE test is in less than 3 weeks and we had a field test today.

So not only do I have to get my little big third graders ready for their FIRST EOG (End of Grade Test), I had to lose one precious day!


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!  

You can grab them for free at my TPT Store or TN Shop!

Oh and be sure to check out my last post for a chance to win a Starbucks Card!

The week is halfway over friends! :)


  1. This is awesome! I have been using this method too....I am going to snag your roads idea for tomorrow! Love it!

  2. Fantastic! And my classroom theme is race cars, so this will be a great Bulletin Board too. Thanks for sharing such a great strategy.

  3. Hi Amber- I LOVE your blog. I learn so much from you. I was wondering what roadmapping is and how would I learn about it- my kids underline everything too. Is that from the Lucy Calkins book? Lucy Calkins is one of my gurus- love her. I don't have that book- Do you find it to be a great resource?

  4. I love this-thanks so much!!! I can't wait to use this with my kiddos and share with my colleagues.

  5. This is awesome! I will definitely be using it in the future!!
    To The Square Inch

  6. This is such a great idea, Amber! Thanks!

    Also-just had to tell you that I used your operations poster this week with my kids in small group. One of your word problem examples uses your name and Mark's name and I had to do a silent "hey, I know them...kinda" :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  7. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm your newest follower!

  8. Isn't it awesome to have friends like Elisabeth who share their plans :)

  9. Good luck to your kiddos this week! I am a third grade teacher in NC. I'm so very nervous for them! Thanks for the ideas! :)

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