In honor of March Madness, this month, Transformation Tuesday and Thursday Tool School will be on hiatus and I will be featuring March Madness Monday– 16 Ways to Prepare Your Students for End-of-the-Year Exams. Click each link to read more. Happy Reading!
- What’s Wrong?– This strategy is great for multiple choice questions! Once you present students with a question and the answer choices, have students study each answer choice and determine what’s wrong with the solution. Students should justify why each incorrect choice is incorrect. Then have students justify why the correct answer is indeed correct.
- Sort by Operation– This strategy can be used to review the attributes of word problems that determine whether it is an addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problem. Once a set of questions with word problems is identified, students read and determine which operation category the problem falls into (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or multi-step) and what part of the problem signaled that particular operation. For multi-step problems, students should record the operations in the correct order. Note: The focus here is not on keywords, but the situation being described.
- Plickers– This is a super cool way of assessing students and collecting the data real-time. After downloading the app to a smartphone (no student devices needed) and supplying each student with a plickers card, you present a multiple choice question via the plickers website. Students orient their card in a manner that indicates their selected response. The teacher then scans the students’ cards with the smartphone app. The app collects the data and displays the class’s performance real-time. You can then analyze the data together as a class on a projector screen.
- IXL Math– This is one of my favorite review tools! While it is not always aligned to my standards, it is great for practicing the skill-based standards, like fluency with computations, analyzing graphs, and a variety of geometry and measurement skills. It is a subscription-based resource, but teachers can sign-up for free a 30-day trial to give it a try. If you decide you love it but don’t have the money in your grade-level budget to purchase a subscription, this is a great purchase idea to present to your school PTA or PTO. Note: I’ve used the trial a few times and never needed more than the 30 days to take full advantage of the program during review season. Also, you can use the site for free without a trial or subscription, but the system will only allow you to complete 10 questions per day/per computer or device– which means you could certainly use it everyday for a class-wide review where you project the questions on a projector screen.
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Thanks for joining me for this special series! Transformation Tuesday and Thursday Tool School will be back next week!
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