It's that time of year again.....although I must admit it seems like this test prep time frame comes earlier each year! Right now my school is just beginning the process of administering the PARCC tests school wide. It has been met with its fair share of controversy and concerns, that's for sure! However, in the long run I know it's my job to best prepare my students for what to expect on these brand new tests. After studying the few practice tests made available by the company creating the PARCC assessments, I developed my own series of test prep activity bundles to use in my room. I concentrated on the Literary, Research, and Narrative components as well as developing some key vocabulary to review with students. I found them to be very useful in my classroom. I was able to break them apart and fit them into our regular schedule as small group and station activities. If you are giving these tests for the first time this year, too, please take a minute to check them out! I have a freebie sample below!
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