Happy spring! I write this as I’m all bundled up because, of course, March! But, bring on beautiful flowers, peeps (you either love them or hate them), and end of year testing - ah!
You’ve been working hard with your students on achieving academic success all year. As you take the time to prepare them for some of the more difficult concepts on the tests, use your digital reading and math lessons for additional support.
“[The activities] really prepare them for the types of questions they’re going to be asked in their [end of year tests]. It has them explain their thinking and gives them lots of different digital tools to use to solve problems. The type of tasks they are asked to do on the test–explaining their thinking or doing an error analysis–are addressed in these activities.” Jennifer Geyer, third-grade teacher, Trip Elementary.
Here are a few ways teachers are using the activities to prepare students:
Add activities to your lesson plans that promote higher-order thinking, deep comprehension, and analysis of text (watch the videos below for more ideas). Students will feel confident with the right preparation and digital lessons that mirror the types of questions they’ll see!
A recent Education Week article* considers four purposes for assigning math problems to help students deepen mathematical understanding. Use Classworks Applied Math to give your students meaningful math practice that addresses each of the four areas.