Test Prep Blog Hop–11 Top Reading Test Prep Tips

Test Prep Blog Hop for 4th 5th and 6th Grade

Welcome to the Test Prep Blog Hop from the ladies at The Lesson Deli!  Here is how it works.  You will hop through a few blogs, pick up some freebies and maybe learn some test-prep tips, plus enter Rafflecopter drawings for some great prizes… Such as a Starbucks gift card to perk you up during testing season or an Amazon gift card to buy a few books for your classroom (or something for yourself!).  The Rafflecopter contest runs from Thursday, August 26 through Sunday, March 1, 2015.  Get to hoppin’ and have some fun!

Oh, and if you’ve got a great test-prep tip, comment below!

–The Pensive Sloth

5th Grade Reading Test Prep Tips for STAAR, FCAT, COMMON CORE, PARCC from The Pensive Sloth

Here’s my close reading FREEBIE to help with test prep…  Are you teaching students to analyze persuasive texts, identify examples of persuasive language and the effect that language has on the reader?  Want to give students concrete examples of comparison, causality, parallelism, misleading statements, exaggerated statements, and contradictory statements using a high-interest text?  Look no further!  Here’s a new lesson, “A Baby Boa?,” with embedded test prep.  The close reading passage is FREE below.  Just click the image to download.  You can find the foldable, skill activity, poster, vocabulary activity, and standardized test-prep reading comprehension questions that go with the passage in my TPT store.

5th Grade Persuasive Text Study Baby Boa Passage from The Pensive Sloth

Click the image to download this FREEBIE close reading passage.  For the foldable, skill activity, poster, vocabulary activity, and reading comprehension test prep that go with this passage, visit my TPT store.  This passage can be used to teach persuasive techniques such as comparison, causality, parallelism, exaggerated statements, misleading statements, and contradictory statements.

Ready to WIN a treat for your classroom?  You can order books or spoil yourself with this Amazon gift card! You’re a teacher.  You work HARD.  You deserve it!

Rafflecopter Test Prep Blog Hop for Amazon Gift Card from The Pensive Sloth Feb. 26 to March 1, 2015

CLICK a Rafflecopter giveaway to go to Rafflecopter’s site for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. It’s easy and fun!

 Then go to the next stop in the hop, Simone’s Math Resources Blog, to see some MATH test prep ideas!

Test Prep Blog Hop for 4th 5th and 6th Grade Next Stop Image



  1. My fifth graders love to review with our classroom version of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?! Thank you. 🙂

  2. I tell students that they really know their stuff. I remind them that what they have worked hard on all year is what is on the test and they will do a fabulous job! We have fun before test week(s) with lots of get up and move around type games.

  3. I remind my students that how they communicate their answers on paper is like an X-ray into their brains. It helps us, as teachers, know what’s going on in there because we can’t REALLY look inside. I try to let them know that it’s just a way for us to determine what we as teachers still need to work on to help take the pressure off them. Then they want to perform well so you can “look inside” their heads.

  4. Tell them all year that the first one done is not the winner…but the students that does their best work is the winner. Remind them to take ther time and read questions carefully . We also review by playing games to possibly reduce stress of upcoming tests.

  5. I remind them to always do their best and give different treat incentives and praise to keep them motivated.

  6. My students are hard workers, so I appreciate that. We play games (Jeopardy, White Board Relay) prior to standardized testing weeks to refresh their knowledge. I let them know that they know their stuff and the test will be a breeze!

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