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What Have We Learned? Assessing Comparing & Sorting - Section 3: Taking the Test

Setting up for your first math test can be stressful time for you and the students. Taking a paper pencil test is a new skill for many students even if they went to a preschool program. While I set up my testing day as I mentioned here, I do not always get all of my testing done in one day. For this first test this year, I was able to get 15 of my 21 students tested. Towards the end of this time, one of my students who has some challenging behaviors needed my full attention. After his situation was resolved, many of my students were no longer engaged in their centers and needed some assistance to get back on task. After getting them back on task, I decided not to pull anymore students to test at this time. You know your students best and if it is a good time to conduct an assessment that will show their true ability. I was able to pull the remaining students during other portions of the day. Some of my students who eat breakfast at home come to my classroom about 15 to 20 minutes before the other students arrive from school breakfast, I use this time to catch up on assessments for those students. Also be aware of students with IEPs or 504 plans who require testing in a quiet environment. I pull these students during the first few minutes of my planning period so they test in the quiet classroom.

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# What Have We Learned? Assessing Comparing & Sorting

Lesson 17 of 17

## Objective: Students will be able to show their knowledge of sorting and finding groups that are more, less and equal.

#### Problem of the Day

*5 min*

I start the lesson with a problem of the day to help students review skills and concepts from prior lessons and develop their ability to problem solve. I call the students up to the carpet. The students find their spots while saying this chant with me.

Criss cross, applesauce, hands in your lap, eyes on the teacher, you've got to show me that.

I project the Problem of the Day on the SMART Board and say to students, "Look at these objects. Sort them into two groups." I ask students for idea of how we can sort the objects. If it is not mentioned, I remind students to think about how we sorted yesterday (floating/sinking). I ask students, "Which group has more?" *The ones that float.* "What can we say about the group that sinks?" *It has less.*

I tell students, "Today you will be showing me what you have learned about sorting and comparing objects."

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After the Problem of the Day, I prepare the students to take the test. I say, "Today we are going to take our first math test. This is how I know how much you learned about sorting and finding groups that have more or less."

I have the students turn and face the back of the room, towards the small group table. I hold up the dividers that I will be using to separate the students during the test. I say, "I will be calling a few of you up at a time to take the test. You will come sit at my table just like you do during small group time, but these dividers will be between you and your friends. You need to keep your eyes on your own paper. That way I will see what you know on your paper and what your friends know on their papers."

I set up the dividers so the students can see how the table is going to look. I then walk back to the front of the room by the students to tell them what they will be doing. "While I am calling people back to take the test, you will be working on your center activity. This will be almost like a regular day of centers, but we need to remember to be extra quiet so that our friends can pay attention and do their very best on the their tests!"

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- LESSON 1: The First Day of Kindergarten - Scary and Strange? More or Less!
- LESSON 2: The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School- Sorting
- LESSON 3: Learning to Sort - Same and Different
- LESSON 4: Sorting by Color
- LESSON 5: Grandma's Button Box - Sorting
- LESSON 6: Sorting By Shape
- LESSON 7: Sorting By Shape Buttons
- LESSON 8: Sorting By Size
- LESSON 9: Math Centers - Sorting
- LESSON 10: Finding Equal Groups
- LESSON 11: Equal Groups (Review)
- LESSON 12: Greater Than- Exploring What It Means To Have More
- LESSON 13: Exploring More (Review)
- LESSON 14: Less Than- Exploring What It Means To Have Less
- LESSON 15: Exploring Less (Review)
- LESSON 16: Floating and Sinking- Sorting in Science
- LESSON 17: What Have We Learned? Assessing Comparing & Sorting