Unit Test

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SWBAT: • Show what they know on the unit 1 test.

Big Idea

What have students learned during this unit? What gaps do students have in their understanding? Students take the Unit 1 test.

Do Now

5 minutes

See my Do Now in my Strategy folder 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.  Today I want students to demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words they have learned during this unit as well as practice applying the order of operations.

I ask students to share their thinking.  I call on students to share their definitions and examples.  I call on other students to say whether they agree or disagree with their classmates and why.  Students are engaging in MP3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Optional Test Review

5 minutes

I set a timer for 5 minutes to make sure that students have adequate time to finish the test.  I call on students who have questions from their homework.  If possible, I call on other students to share how to solve these questions.  

Unit Test

40 minutes

For this test I used a few of different resources.  My school has a membership for www.testwiz.net.  This website has a very extensive item bank of Common Core questions.  I search by standard and make modifications as necessary.  Also, my school has subscription for the assessment bank for the College Preparatory Mathematics curriculum.  The bank has a wide variety of rigorous multiple choice and open-response questions.  See www.cpm.org for more details.  The Massachusetts Department of Education  also releases some of their past math questions.

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, MP2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively, and MP6:  Attend to precision.

If students do not finish the test, I set up a time (preferably today or the next day) for them to complete their work.