Test Taking Strategies...TRUNK!

First off...I have to show you something VERY funny! So I did the grocery shopping today...went to Trader Joe's and Walmart! Have I ever told you how much I HATE Walmart??? Why do I even bother?

I came home and my hubby was still at the gym. I brought the groceries inside and started to unpack. I looked in the fridge first to see if anything was bad or expired. I threw out a few things...but this...I kept saying to myself..."are you serious?" Look at what I found...

Yeah, that is...
TWO bottles half way used of blueberry syrup
THREE bottles of Balsamic (one almost gone, one half way gone, and one just opened)
and TWO bottles of French

I asked him when he got home why he had so many in the fridge!
His response..."Well, I didn't have enough left to put on my salad so I opened another one. I can't mix cold salad dressing and warm salad dressing.It just doesn't taste right!"

Well you would think the next time you had a salad you would USE the other one to finish it and also use the newly opened one! Geesh!


MEN...

Anyway
I am also trying to knock out some lesson plans before heading out with another couple tonight for dinner and drinks. We have lots to celebrate tonight as we are moving and so are they! They are heading to Texas as my friend's husband just got into a PH.D program! So Texas teachers...any tips for her? She will be looking in Austin! She is NBCT and has her Masters. She teaches ESL!

Last year my friend and I co-taught during the literacy block! All the ESL students would come to my classroom for literacy and she would also come. We both taught together for 2 and a half hours a day! It was awesome. 

When it was time to do End of Grade (E.O.G's) testing she had a fantastic test taking strategy she made up! I made my own spin on it and am currently working on a unit! Here is a sneak peak!

I am in LOVE with this cover! I can't wait to finish this unit tonight or tomorrow! My kids are going to be introduced to it this week!

What do you think TRUNK stands for? 
Make a guess! If you can guess what TRUNK stands for I will give this to you for FREE once it is done! 

Better yet, if you can guess at least 3 of the 5 I will email it to you! I think it may be kinda hard! If you get all 5 right, I will also email you something else for free;)

Enjoy your Saturday Friends!

18 comments:

  1. This sounds like it will be great! Tricky though...
    My guess is :
    T- try every question
    R- read carefully
    U- underline
    N- no rushing
    K- key vocab
    Jen K.
    Jenniferkime@hotmail.com

    Jenniferkime@hotmail.com
    Jen K

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Discover a Surefire Method to Teach Your Child to Read

      There are many different methods and opinions on how to teach a child to read - while all are well-intentioned, some methods could actually lead to reading difficulties in children. Learning to read is a critical step towards future academic success and later on success in life. If you cannot read, you cannot succeed. There is an amazingly simple method - actually, a combination of two methods - that can teach anyone to read, even children as young as 2 and 3 years old.

      The combination of these two methods has been used in the Children Learning Reading program to successfully teach thousands of young children to read. So what are these methods?

      It is the combination of synthetic phonics and phonemic awareness. Most have probably heard of phonics, but phonemic awareness is a concept less well known and ?it's not something you hear about often. Certainly, phonics is absolutely necessary to develop fluent reading skills; however, there are different types of phonics including embedded, analogy, analytical, and synthetic phonics. While using some type of phonics is better than not including any phonics instructions at all, you will achieve FAR BETTER results by employing synthetic phonics, which is by far the most easy and effective method for teaching reading. Multiple studies support this.

      In a 7 year study conducted by the Scottish Education Department, 300 students were taught using either analytic phonics or synthetic phonics. The results found that the synthetic phonics group were reading 7 months ahead and spelling 8 to 9 months ahead of the other phonics groups. At the end of the 7 year study, the children were reading 3.5 years ahead of their chronological age.

      Very impressive!

      Through their amazing reading program, the creators (Jim & Elena - parents of 4 children and reading teachers) have taught all of their children to read phonetically by 3 years old and have helped thousands of parents to successfully teach their children to read as well! Some are small 2 or 3 year old toddlers, others are young 4 or 5 year old preschoolers, and still others at ages 6, 7, 8 or even older.

      >> Click here to watch amazing videos of young children reading, and see the amazing results so many parents are achieving with their children.

      The Children Learning Reading program works so well that many children will achieve reading ages far ahead of their chronological age.

      Take Jim & Elena's children as an example: their oldest child, Raine, was reading phonetically at 2 years 11 months old, and by the time she entered kindergarten at 5 years old, she was reading at a grade 5 level with a reading age of 11.9 years - almost 7 years ahead of her chronological age. Their second child, Ethan, learned to read phonetically by 2 years 9 months, and at age 3, he was reading at a grade 2 level with a reading age of 7.2 years - progressing at a similarly quick pace as his older sister. Find that hard to believe? You can watch the videos posted here.

      There are many different phonics programs out there, but rarely do you ever hear a mention of phonemic awareness (PA), and PA is absolutely an equally critical component to developing reading skills in children. What makes the Children Learning Reading program so unique and amazingly effective at teaching young children is that it seamlessly combines the teaching of synthetic phonics along with phonemic awareness to enable children to develop superb reading skills.

      >>> Click here to learn more about the Children Learning Reading program and teach your child to read today


      Delete
  2. You always create such fun and cute things. Here are my guesses...although I like Jen's better-

    Try your best
    Read and Review
    Use your time wisely
    Note the important details
    Keep the best choices

    Not a chance these are right....but trying to come up with words/phrases was fun.
    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cute! Here is my guess...

    Think about what the question is asking you
    Read and reread
    Use your strategies
    No stinking thinking
    Keep trying!

    I hope I win! I spent the morning looking for test taking strategies on Pinterest.
    Kristin
    Teachntex

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the cover of your new product! This is hard but I will give it a shot.
    T - take your time
    R - read the question
    U - underline important information
    N - note....something
    K - keep trying

    Have a great dinner!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

    ReplyDelete
  5. My guess:
    Take the test twice
    Read all the choices
    Underline important info
    Number the paragraphs
    Keep your work organized

    Can't wait to find out if any of my guesses are right!
    EmilyK

    ReplyDelete
  6. Try your best
    Read and Review
    Use your noggin
    Note-taking
    Keep trying

    Who knows?! This is hard!!

    Rae
    Mindful Rambles

    ReplyDelete
  7. T-take your time
    R-read the whole passage
    U-underline important information
    N-notice all possible answers
    K-keep on task

    This was hard! I'll be happy if I even got one right!
    Laura
    Enchanting Elementary

    ReplyDelete
  8. T: Think
    R: Remove answers that don't make sense
    U: Underline important information
    N: Name your labels
    K: Keep focused on your work

    Can't wait to see the real answers. I did a big test taking bulletin board for my kiddos at school. Would love new ideas.
    Rebbecca
    rkzoglmann@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I cannot wait to hear what the answers are! This is a hard one. Let's see
    T - take your time
    R - read the questions carefully
    U - underline important information
    N - Never give up and
    K - keep on trying!

    Everyone has great ideas! I am always looking for test taking ideas for my kiddos. I am really looking forward to finding out the answers. kyuill@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love your cover too! It's so pretty! Here's my guess:
    T- try your best
    R- read the questions first
    U- underline important information
    N- notes
    K-kick the wrong answers

    :-)
    Karyn
    Kideducator@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will be sending you the unit! Great guesses!

      Delete
  11. The cover is so cute to your strategies pack!
    I am not good at guessing these things but I will give it a go anyway!

    Throw out any wrong answers
    Re-read the problem to dig deeper
    Underline key words in the problem
    Never give up
    Keep on going

    ThePolishedTeacher

    ReplyDelete
  12. How about Ten Rules U (YOU) Need to Know?

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is a great idea! How about...

    T - check out the title
    R - read carefully
    U - underline important info
    N - number important ideas
    K - know you can do your best!

    Thanks for the chance!
    Deb
    maxeysjl@defnet.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. T- Read the TITLE
    R- READ carefully
    U- UNDERLINE Important information
    N- NUMBER ideas in order
    K- KEEP trying

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks to all that made a guess. I did another blog post the day after explaining TRUNK and also having a TRUNK and other test taking items giveaway! Check out my newest blog post!

    ReplyDelete