I actually started doing more test preparation earlier in the year after watching a video on Standardized Testing at Whole Brain Teaching.
The video talks about having visible strategies for teaching students to answer both math questions and reading questions. Additionally, it shared that we should start doing 10 minutes of teaching strategies for reading and math questions starting at the beginning of the school year.
Here are some of the lesson plans I use in the beginning of the year that were collaboratively created at my school. Thanks again for everyone who helped in creating this document!
Lesson plans and rationale for teaching reading comprehension strategies
PS: All of the teachers who used these lessons at our school and the Teaching Comprehension Lessons had 1.5 years to 2 years gain in reading this last year!
PPS: Feel free to share the lessons with anyone who might find them helpful. In return, please let 4 other teachers know about this website if you choose to use these lessons in your classroom.
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