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.