Standardized Test Tip & The Lightning Thief

Have you ever been surprised when you got your students' test results back?  Have you had students that you knew were very bright, but their scores didn't reflect this ability?  It's frustrating, right?  Sometimes it's an issue of test anxiety.  Other times, I found it is a matter of rushing through their work.  These students remind me of the cartoon character, Speedy Gonzales.

I tried different strategies to slow these students down and pay attention to the details with little success.  Those little words like "not" in a questions make a big difference when taking a standardized test.  The strategy that I've had the best results with is called steal and slide.  When answering comprehension questions, students steal words from the question and slide these words into their answer.  This makes them pay closer attention to details. When I taught 3rd grade, my students answered all of their questions - social studies chapter question, science question, and reading comprehension questions with the steal and slide method  When I moved down to 1st grade,  my students learned to answer questions orally using steal and slide.  Preparing students to take standardized test should be shared responsibility.  This is one way lower grade teachers can help prepare students.

If you are interested in trying this method, click on the picture below.  This packet has questions about The Lightning Thief.  Students can practice the steal and slide method with the questions from this packet.

This example is included.  The highlighted words are the words stolen from the question which I slid into the beginning of the answer.

For more great idea, click on the picture below.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks! The catch phrase will grab the kids' attention. I've been trying for years to get them to consistently use this and its always a battle. I'll try this one. Forge on!

Michelle said...

Thank you! Sometimes it's those catchy phrases that work. I hope this helps your students.

Sally said...

Great tip! I've worked most of the year with my second graders on the skill of using words from the question to start their answer. Most of them can do it orally, but forget when they start to write. I like the "steal and slide"... I have a lot of sports fans in my class!

Sally from ElementaryMatters

Jennifer @ Simply Kinder said...

Thank you so much for linking up! I teach kinder myself and I am already teaching them to steal words from the questions (like when we answer comprehension questions.) Glad to see I am on the right track!

Empowering Little Learners

Simply Centers

Ms.M from Teachingisagift said...

Great post! Please consider accepting my invitation to link up your blog post at the TEST PREP LINKY PARTY being hosted at