See my Do Now video that explains my beginning of class routines.
Often, I create do nows that have problems that connect to the task that students will be working on that day. Here I want students to think about what they already know about fractions. Some students may draw models or create example problems. Students participate in a Think Write Pair Share. I ask students to share out with the class.
I explain that students will be taking the fractions pretest today. It does not count for a grade. It is a way for me to learn what students know about fractions and what we need to work on. I explain that there will probably be problems on the pretest that students don’t know how to do, and that is okay. I want students to do their best and show and explain their thinking.
I review testing expectations and students move their desks apart. I pass out the test and students work quietly. Students are engaging in MP1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
When students finish, I ask them to check their work. Once they have done this they can choose to read quietly, work on other schoolwork, or work on the Unit 4 Vocabulary word search.
If students do not finish the test, I set up a time (preferably today or the next day) for them to complete their work.