We began the final countdown to the End-of-Grade tests and the last two days to review. Today was really the last day of intensive review for Thursday's math EOG. Wednesday will be for reading comprehension. Tomorrow will be the day of the EOG pep rally in the afternoon. I will still be reviewing tomorrow but at a more relaxed pace. At this point, the students either know it or they don't so the intense review would be more counterproductive.
I spend the first part of the class as I have throughout the year: the warm-up. I then covered place value, adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals, multiplication and division, fractions, area and perimeter, and geometry.
Next, I went over good test-taking strategies with the class. These are the same ones that I have covered multiple times over the last two months but it does not hurt to review:
1) Take your time!
2) Read each problem carefully and underline key words. Circle the numbers.
3) Determine what to do with the numbers based on the key words in the text.
4) Carefully solve the problem step-by-step
5) Look at each answer choice and use the process of elimination to come to the correct answer.
6) Choose the best answer choice out of the ones that are provided.
7) Double check your answer before moving on.
8) If you are uncertain about a problem, make a light mark to the side and move on. Come back to it later.
9) If you still cannot solve it, take a guess or bubble in C.
10) Manage your time.
11) Take brain breaks such as stretching in place, closing your eyes for a minute or two, etc.
* Note: #9 is only for a last resort when all other strategies have been tried.
Afterwards, the students did a series of Quizizz reviews with the first one being made up mostly of released test items from the state. The questions on Thursday's EOG may very well be similar to these so I like to use them. Of course, I have no idea what to expect on the test.
We come to the end of the last "normal" week of the school year. Next week will have the End-of-Grade tests and will lead up to Memorial Day weekend. The week after that is the final week of the year. While so much has happened over the course of this school year, it is still strange to realize that next week all that was taught is going to culminate in the EOG's and that we are looking at summer. Not to mention that our time is measured in weeks and soon just days.....
Today, Monday, and Tuesday will still be devoted to reviewing the concepts taught this year.
Any other student activities for today are found on my Launch page. The Quizizz activity that I created for today is now available to do on-demand. The game code is: 315588
We are still in preparation mode for next week's End-of-Grade tests. One week from today is the math test which is the one that I am really trying to prepare for.
Today's focus was on line plots before doing the other activities.
Our line plot activity involved Skittles candy. Each student was given a bag with at least 30 Skittles in it. I drew random fractions, all with the denominator of 8, and students would create a line plot based on the data.
We are still preparing for next week's End-of-Grade test that will be administered on Thursday, May 25th. I was going to have the students do a Socrative activity but unfortunately, the site is still down for unexpected maintenance. I did have them do a Quizizz activity and the usual things on my Launch page when they were finished.
I do not have a copy of the warm-up to post online for today and tomorrow since they were already printed out in paper form.
We are continuing with our EOG review. Today our focus was on fractions to decimals and some geometry. Tomorrow's focus will be on line plots and I have the materials for a fun hands-on activity to reinforce that concept.