Friday, May 3, 2013

3rd Grade Test Prep!

This week I have been visiting third grade classrooms to do lessons on strategies for success on the SOLs. Third grade students will be taking the SOLs for the first time starting May 13th. Some of them shared that they are feeling scared, nervous, worried, excited, etc. The goal of this lesson is to build their confidence and give them strategies to help them do their best. The lesson is titled "You're In Control". We started by watching this video:


Next, we moved on to identifying strategies that can help students be successful on the tests. There are many things students can do before, and the day of the test to help them do their best. We talked about being in control of our success. We used the buttons on a remote control as examples for things we can do to stay in control. As a class we came up with lots of ideas and then students picked their top 10 for their remote control. Here is an example of what your student might be bringing home:


Here is a list of some strategies the classes came up with:
  • Prepare and study-use your resources
  • Take your time, you have as long as you need
  • Relax and take deep breaths
  • Flag questions you want to go back and review
  • Reread
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Take breaks: water, walking, bathroom
  • Circle key words
  • Wear comfortable clothes and dress for success
  • Cross out wrong answers
  • Use your tools
  • remove distractions
  • BE CONFIDENT! You're going to rock this test!




82 comments:

  1. The video you shared is my class! We have made several over the last few years. Thank you for watching and sharing!

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    1. Can you please post the link to the video?

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    2. Can we get the link to the video please?
      hmesplie@fifeschools.com

      thank you!

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    3. can I get the link, too, please.

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  2. I don't see the link to the video :(

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  3. I was wondering if you could please email me a copy of the controller? I like your idea and would like to use with middle and high school youth.
    Thank you.

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  4. I agree I would love a blank controller and the link to the video.

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  5. Could you send me the link to the video and a blank controller? I would REALLY appreciate it.

    sdavis@csdspartans.org

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  6. if you have it I would love the controller and video link.

    jellybean_brock@yahoo.com

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  7. If you have it could you email the controller and video link?

    nealyashley4@gmail.com

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  8. Could you please send the controller and the video link? Thanks!
    twiley@lubbockisd.org

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  9. Could I please get the controller and video link? Thank you.
    loribransford@yahoo.com

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  10. Can I please get the controller and video link?
    lawandag60@gmail.com

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  11. Can I please get the controller and video link? Thanks
    cynthia.gordon@franklin.k12.wi.us

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  12. Hiya.. I am interested in the video link.

    Thank you

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  13. Hi this is a great idea! I'm having trouble viewing the video could you please send me the link and a copy of the controller. Thank you!

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  14. Someone send me the link please

    dwheeler@hisd.com

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  15. I would like the link and a controller as well please.
    mitchell_tasha89@yahoo.com

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  16. Could you please send me the link and a blank controller. I cannot view the link on here. Thank you

    jenniferrash@ccs.k12.nc.us

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  17. Anyone ever get a link to the video?

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  18. Would love the link and controller as well. Thanks! jackylemanski@gmail.com

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  19. Would love a link to video and blank controller, could you e-mail to me?
    stephaniedanntherapy@gmail.com

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  20. may i have a blank controller too? thank you in advance
    dakeesh@hotmail.com

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  21. I would love a link to the video and a blank controller template.
    Thanks#
    HollowayL4@pcsstn.com

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  22. Love your idea. It works for students of all ages. Would you please email me your controller as well? Thanks so much! Sarahrgould@gmail.com

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  23. Would i be able to get the link for the video and controller ? adbloomingdale@gmail.comm

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  24. Will u please post the blank controller?

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  25. I found a copy of the remote controller http://www.clker.com/clipart-playstation-controller.html

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  26. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I so t see my comment. Can you email this to me please? Jmna@fcps.edu

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  27. Can you please post the link to the video or send to me?
    marbogast@fz.k12.mo.us
    Thanks!

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  28. can you send me the link to the video and a blank picture of the controller

    julrich@lindberghschools.ws
    thanks

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  29. Such a cool idea. If your emailing out the blank controller and video please send :)
    Temimagross@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  30. I love your ideas. Could you please send a blank copy of the controller? Thank you in advance.
    tporter@richland2.org

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  31. Happy New Year! I would love a template/copy of the blank controller, also. I have presentation to give to middle college students and this would help cement the strategies so well .. thank you

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  32. Can I please have a copy of the control template? sschmidt@nbcsiowa.com

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  33. I would love a copy as well
    lchahbar25@gmail.com

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  34. I would love a copy of the template and link to the video, thanks! cbarajas@alvinisd.net

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  35. Could you please send me a copy of the template as well. Thank You!!! caceto09@gmail.com

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  36. Could you please send me a copy of the template as well. Thank You!!! caceto09@gmail.com

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  37. I would love a copy of the controller template as well. Thank you! minora@wcslive.com

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  38. I would love a copy of the controller template as well. Thank you! minora@wcslive.com

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  39. Could I please have a copy of the blank controller template as well? Thank you! Great lesson! ebomboy@mail.ocasd.org

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  40. could i have the template as well? crread7@gmail.com

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  41. Hi Lauren! Love the controller and would love to see the video as well! Can you help with a blank controller and a link to the video. Thanks so much. We have testing coming up and this would be perfect! Townsendk@freelandschools.net.

    -Katie

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  42. Hello, Great idea!! I would love a blank copy of the controller too and a link to the video if it is available. We have State testing coming up in April and this idea would really get students engaged and prepared. Thanks!! ~Carmon
    cmobley89@gmail.com

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  43. Hi Lauren, I also would love a blank copy of the controller and a link to the video, as well! I plan to use it in my Resource Room as a self-monitoring visual. Thanks so much. bruss@tuslawschools.org

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  44. Hi Lauren, please send me the controller and video link! I love it! I will be using it to prep my 3rd graders for the FSA. Thank you! tessa.bernard@imagineschools.org

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  45. I would LOVE a copy of the video and controller too for my elementary students:) Great idea!!

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  46. Could I please have a link to the video?
    dietzel.jess@gmail.com

    THANKS

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  47. I would also like the video link!
    katiemcmanamon@gmail.com

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  48. Could I also have a copy of the controller. Looks like a great resource for a guidance lesson on test taking strategies!
    jluster@k12.wv.us

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  49. Could I also have a copy of the controller. Looks like a great resource for a guidance lesson on test taking strategies!
    jluster@k12.wv.us

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  50. I would love a copy of the controller and a link to the video - dadams@ycsd.york.va.us

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  51. I would love a copy of the controller and a link to the video: kristyculbreth@ccs.k12.nc.us

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  52. I would love a copy of the controller and the link to the video: annajordan24@gmail.com

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  53. I would love a copy of the controller and the link to the video. Thank you : idelizmatos@gmail.com

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  55. I would also love a copy of the controller and the link to the video, please. Thank you
    christi.guay@mountprospectacademy.org

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  56. I would like to request a copy of the controller and link to the video as well. Thank you so much!
    alcook@ccps.org

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  57. I found a copy of a blank controller here:
    http://www.clker.com/cliparts/z/D/b/e/F/s/playstation-controller-hi.png

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  58. Could I please get a copy of the link to the video and the controller.
    msutlief@browerville.k12.mn.us

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  59. I would love to get a link to the video and a copy of the controller. purplesalma@gmail.com. Thank you in advance!

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  60. This is a really great idea. Could you please send me a blank controller? Thanks, lgranados@metboe.k12.nj.us

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  61. Hi! Can I get a copy of the video and controller?! Thank you! jmtabeek@interact.ccsd.net

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  63. I am very interested in the blank controller and the video. Thank you for being so willing to share.
    pscrombar@coppellisd.com

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  64. Can you send me the video link and blank controller? Thanks! Cynthia.Pragovich@cobbk12.org

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  65. Could I please get the link to the video and a copy of the blank controller ? A really great idea and I would love to share with my kids.Thank you

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    1. oops please email dcumming@shcolac.catholic.edu.au

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  66. This is great! Can someone please email me the link and the blank controller? Danigirltime@gmail.com

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  67. I love this. Want to use it with my kids. Could you email a copy of the blank controller? thank you. aconnor.gw@gmail.com

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  68. This is perfect for building confidence before the test! Can you please send me a blank copy of the controller. Thank you so much :) lmoffett29@gmail.com

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  69. Please email me a copy of the link and controller at maguilar@smartcfs.org. Thanks

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  70. Can I please get the link for the video and a blank controller at maryann.campbell@nhcs.net

    Thank you!

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  71. I would also like the link and controller if possible. Thank you! srisinger@mpsb.us

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  72. May I please get the link for the video and a blank controller at hmesplie@fifeschools.com

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  73. I'm going to jump on the bandwagon here & ask if you can please send me a black controller & the link for the video. I try to do something different every year for SOL test-taking strategies, and this is adorable!

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  74. Oh sorry... duh... my email address is Roxanna.zook@cpschools.com :)

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  75. mtonsfeldt@barnesville.k12.mn.us...

    can I get the link to the video? Thank you!

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