Most teachers dread the reading state test. Some students get physically ill thinking about tests. This is a great read-aloud to help nervous students. Here are some tips to prepare students for a state reading test.
Have Students Read Every Day
Encourage students to read a variety of books, articles, and texts to build their reading skills and knowledge. This will help to prepare them for different genres that might be included in the test. Not only will they be practicing fluency, but they will gain confidence in their abilities. Daily Reading Morning Work is a great way to start your day. Each passage helps to activate their minds and practice their understanding and reading skills. Available for grades 2-8.
Comprehension Skills for Reading State Test
Teach students how to identify main ideas, summarize texts, make inferences, and analyze characters, plot, and setting. These are basic comprehension skills that will be tested. One way to work on that is with our comprehension passages. You can focus on a different comprehension skill with these passages. The bundle is available below or purchase individually by reading comprehension skills.
Provide Test-Taking Strategies
Teach students how to pace themselves, eliminate wrong answers, and use context clues to determine the meaning of words they don't know. A really great resource is found in the Mini Units of Mastery. There is a 10 day mini lesson that helps review practical skills that will help your students.
Review Test Format and Content
Familiarize students with the format of the test and what type of questions they can expect to see. Review sample test questions and practice with similar texts and questions. Practice taking the test together in class, whether paper or online. Show students how to find proof and practice highlighting the evidence in the text. Provide students with support and encouragement, and help them develop a positive attitude towards the test.
Improve Vocabulary for Reading State Test
Teach students new words and provide opportunities for them to use and practice new vocabulary in context. A great way to practice vocabulary is with our vocabulary passages. These passages are similar to state tests and help students practice defining words within the context of reading. You can purchase the bundle or buy them specifically for your grade level.
Foster a Growth Mindset
Encourage students to believe in their abilities and to approach the test as an opportunity to show what they know. A great way to do this is with the Reader's Theater. This is a fun way to help calm the nerves of your anxious students.
Remember, the most important factor in preparing students for a state reading test is providing a strong foundation in reading skills and ongoing opportunities for practice and growth.
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