So, here's my question for you: How do you go about teaching test-taking skills and/or remediating with the students that need that extra push? Technically, I do this all year long, but it always gets a little intense toward the end of the year.
I have been inspired to think about test prep in a different way from some very creative teachers. Stephanie from Teaching in Room 6 blog is one of those teachers: http://teachinginroom6.blogspot.com/2012/02/test-prep-180-test-prep-stations.html. She does her test prep in stations/centers. How cool is that? That way it's not the same drill-and-practice, put me out of my misery kind of stuff. When we get closer to ground zero, I'm definitely going this route!
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Another thing I thought was really neat was how Stephanie's incorporating technology with a computer center, which is another of my goals for myself this year. Here is one website that looks to be very promising that she's recommended: http://www.proteacher.net/. It's totally free and all of the resources are as well (as far as I can tell so far). Bonus! Here's the link for all the wonderful task cards/worksheets that pertain to 4th/5th grade review work: http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/group.php?groupid=150
A website that I personally recommend if you are a Virginia teacher is http://www.solpass.org/index.html
It costs $200 per school, but you get a TON of activities, worksheets, videos, and study guides that are directly related to all VA standards. Our school has a subscription, and I don't know what I'd do without it.
I don't know about other states, but Virginia has decided to take its writing test online starting this year. Here's the website where kids can practice: https://va.testnav.com/vaqc/epatLogin.jsp?testnavTestId=5001&testnavFormId=wptg5b. I plan to have this as part of their center/computer lab time.
So how about you? Do you know of any other great websites that help with test prep? What do you use?