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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dear Parents,

I had to raffle off our crawfish earlier than expected for fear that our last critter would not survive over the weekend. Thank you for your quick email replies.
This week we will review test taking strategies for the STAAR.  Please encourage your child to take their times reading.  Yes, the test is timed, but I want your child to carefully take the test, record their thinking, prove answers and not rush through the exam.  

Please review the following strategies at home:
Source: Strategies that Work pages 244-245

While taking the reading test:
*   Look for and carefully read all directions.
*   Read the title of the page
*   Skim and scan (Notice the genre , the topic, the length)
*   Scan the subheadings to get an idea of where information can be found
*   Identify the genre
*   Review the questions
1.    Read the questions first.  Keep the questions in your mind as you read.
2.    Remind them to fill in the answer right away rather than finish the entire passage.
*   Think about prior knowledge ( Thinking about what you know will help connect new information)
*   Pay close attention to the first paragraph to get the big picture.
*   Re-read the end passage carefully.  It often contains a big idea or conclusion
*   Re-Read to check understanding if something does not make sense
*   Eliminate answers you know to be incorrect
*   Cross out the unreasonable answers-fewer to choose from


This week we will continue our animal research projects. I am extending the due date until after our exams.  More information to come after STAAR.  Thanks for your patience. 
Ana

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