Sunday, March 29, 2015

Oh, the Places You'll Go Test Prep Edition

I don't know where March went!  I meant to write this post back at the beginning of the month, but I got busy doing test prep.  I've spent the last three months working with some of our higher level students that just missed a Level 3 on our state ELA exam last year. It was the district's hope that a little extra work on writing short and extended response questions would help these students get 3's or 4's this year.

I've really loved working with these students.  They are so different than my struggling intervention students.  These kids just needed a little extra small group attention to improve their writing skills.  I'm so proud of the progress they've made.  I'm sad our time together has ended already.  Hopefully they're all enjoying their much deserved Spring break and are ready for their tests in two weeks.

One of the things I focused on with my third and fourth grade students was adding text-based evidence.  It took us a while to get the hang of it, but I feel like they've improved so much in this area.  So when Dr. Seuss' birthday rolled around and we decided to decorate our classroom doors and wall space, I just had to incorporate text-based evidence into my display.

I created text-based evidence term balloons.  You can find the balloons in my TpT store.  Then I made a cloud title using a font I found on DaFont called Doctor Soos.  It's a fun personal use font that works great for creating projects for your own classroom.  I added a little extra fun by making some Truffla inspired trees that I saw on Pinterest.  You can find several different tutorials on Pinterest by searching truffla trees. 

Here's my finished display.  I love how it turned out.  It was a fun way to keep my focus on text prep while celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday.  It was also great to see other teachers using it as a teaching tool when their classes passed by in the hall.

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