MARCH 15, 2014 FCAT Reading April 14th & 15th (Grades 3, 4, 5) FCAT Math April 21st & 22nd (Grade 3, 4) April 28th – May 1st (Grade 5) FCAT Science April 21st & 22nd (Grade 5) Reading Multiple choice Math Multiple choice grade 3 Multiple choice and gridded response grades 4 &5 Online testing for grade 5 Science Multiple Choice The FCAT 2.0 Reading assessments in grades 3-10 include reading passages from the public domain, such as historical documents and works by classical authors.(e.g. Bill of Rights, Twain, etc.) FCAT 2.0 Reading tests will ONLY have multiple-choice items. The FCAT 2.0 Reading assessments in grades 3-10 will include a great number of test items that require reasonable inferences and reasonable prior knowledge. Reading aloud with your child and asking questions along the way. Share interesting articles, recipes, brochures, graphic novels, etc. Use reading website links from school website. Review weekly reading tests at home with your child. Allow time for FCAT Explorer (3rd and 4th grade) Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Multiple Choice (MC) Items Gridded responses in 4th and 5th grades 3rd and 4th grade students answer in test book 5th grade students will test online FCAT Explorer (5th Grade) Think Central Resources (Online Intervention, Destination Math, Mega Math) I-Ready Reflex Check your child’s homework Communicate with your child’s teacher Have children work with money, tell time, and practice measuring objects for length, capacity. Read and interpret graphs in newspapers, and magazines Discuss sports statistics Read math-related children’s literature Read and interpret maps Review the work of your child. Talk to your child’s teacher on a regularly Help your child skip count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s from a given number forward and backwards. Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts with your child. Identify geometric figures together. Have your child explain how they solved their homework problems Keep a math journal with your child Play games with your child (chess, checkers, backgammon, etc.) Review the math your child’s math notebook Offer praise, and comments for work well done and encouragement to succeed Make a Schedule (Time/Organization) Cook (Measure/Set the Oven/Use a Timer/Divide in Portions) Grocery Shop (Round/Estimate/Size Things Up/Make a List) Fill Out Order Forms Start a Savings/Checking Account (Credit/Debit) Make a Budget Make a Math or Spending Journal Make a List Record the Temperature (Make a Chart/Make a Graph) Record Heights and Weights of Family Members (Make Charts/Graphs) Read Maps (Road/Subway/Bus/Atlases/Neighborho od) Estimate and Measure (Rooms/Heights/Things Around the House) Estimate (Quantities/Distance/Time/Money) Guessing Games (Heights/Number of Items/Time of Day) Put Together Puzzles/Connect the Dots/Crosswords Play Games (Checkers, Dominoes, Chess, Monopoly, etc.) Look for Patterns Sort (Toys/Buttons/Blocks/Shells/Rocks) Use Math Words (Sum/Total/Difference/Product, etc.) Use a Calculator Read Labels (10% Fat/16 ounces/3 grams) Look for Numbers, Graphs, etc. in Newspapers & Magazines Order a Math Magazine (Zillions) Talk Math With Your Child Why do you think that? Explain All questions are multiple choice. Will require knowledge of standards from grades 3-5. Encourage the use of FCAT Explorer for science practice (5th grade). Name Memory Dump Mnemonic devices Acronyms, silly sentences, pictures, Thinking Maps Preview test Say affirmations Develop plan Budget your time Read directions carefully for clarification Answer all questions Easiest ones first Then difficult ones Review test Did I answer all the questions? Did I bubble correctly? Change an answer ONLY if you are sure Use all allotted time Read the whole question. Read all possible choices. Cross out incorrect answers. Treat options as true/false questions. There is only one correct answer. Use clues within the question to jog memory. If you choose to skip a question, mark the question with an (* or ?) so you will remember to come back to that question. Eliminate similar answers. Get to bed early. Make sure they have eaten breakfast or arrive to school on time to eat in the cafeteria. Encourage them to do their best on the test.