Learning testing vocabulary and keywords used on standardized tests can give scores an added boost. So put them on a word wall and let the fun begin! You'll be glad you did because focusing on those critical testing words can improve your students' scores on state tests.
Let's face it. None of us like standardized testing. But since we have to do it, we need to prepare our kids, and a word wall of testing vocabulary and keywords is a good place to start.
It's all about the language, and standardized tests have their own special words and catch phrases. Placing these words on a word wall and practicing them before the test can make a big difference.
Neuro cognitive schools experience an increase in test scores by doing just that, says Dr. Fritz Mengert of Neuro Cognitive Application Protocols. "When vocabularies are improved students have a greater range of knowing. That plus….knowing words improves question reading which improves answer giving."
Being familiar with the vocabulary may also lower the level of stress which is particularly important for third graders who are generally taking these tests (regrettably) for the first time.
sight word games
and participating in a rich assortment of
word wall games
students can become comfortable with testing vocabulary, especially those kids who are right on the borderline.
Four to six weeks before testing begins, consider holding a special Academy for the borderline kids. In North Carolina, our state test is the EOG (End of Grade) so I called the one I did for third graders an "EOG Academy."
I made a list of testing words from released test items from our state, wrote them on cards, and created a word wall which we used to practice and learn the words. I made a duplicate set of cards so we could use them to play card games as well.
Physical Coordination Exercises
In the Academy we worked on physical coordination as we were learning testing sight words. Students loved to read words from the wall while jumping rope. They also enjoyed playing our Skipping Game and bouncing balls on the words as they read them in Word Wall Relays
Subjects and Predicates
Another Academy activity was practicing subjects and predicates to improve
The reading passages for many state tests appear to be very long to most children. If they do not understand what they are reading, they typically abandon the passages altogether and skip to the questions, attempting to answer them without having read the passage. (Never a good idea!!)
Practicing basic subjects and predicates not only improves comprehension of these passages but also improves comprehension of the questions themselves. There is a lot of reading in math tests, too, so this activity can help in all areas of the test.
LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
The Importance of Vocabulary
Teaching reading to children is all about vocabulary because teaching a child to read is about teaching words.
How to Teach Sight Words
Learning how to teach sight words is key to effective reading instruction. The protocol is the same for teaching first grade sight words, kindergarten sight words, or those for any grade level.
Word Walls for Teaching Sight Words
Word walls are a very good method for teaching Dolch and other basic sight words. Word wall activities, games, and songs give kids the essential practice they need for mastery.
Sight Word Games for Building Sight Vocabulary
Sight word games are the best tool for teaching sight words. Especially effective are word wall games and songs that increase sight word memory.
Word Wall Games: Scavenger Hunts
Word wall games can be used to practice both sight word and content area vocabulary. Scavenger hunts are ideal examples which are fun and easy to adapt to specific needs.
Reading Comprehension Activities
These reading comprehension activities will help you learn how to teach reading comprehension. Your students will improve and you will better understand the factors that affect reading for meaning.