Do you teach a primary grade and want your class to have some exposure to standardized testing without all the stress? Or do you teach special ed and the kids don’t take standardized tests except once a year? State standardized testing is coming up and if your students don’t have any idea how to mark their answer choices using a standardized test format, I have a solution for you.
The most recent activity I have developed is using an anchor chart to teach kids how to bubble in. There is a lot of information on the chart so depending on the attention spans of your students, you might want to spread this out over several sessions. Below are just the main points to go over:
1. Teach them to mark only one answer choice. (I told you this was very basic!!) Whether 2, 3 or 4 choices, students need to practice only marking one choice per question.
2. Teach them how NOT to mark a choice. Be sure to go over the wrong ways, as well as the correct way to mark the circle.
3. Teach them to use the “Magic” way to bubble in the circle. (Details in resource)
4. Teach them to remember Baby Bear to get it “just right.” (Details in resource)
I also made a handout for kids to use as I teach the anchor chart. It will keep them focused on the lesson and better able to participate and understand (answer key included).
“I’ve been searching everywhere to find something simplistic to help my 3rd graders prepare for Scantron test and this is GOLD! Thank you so much!”“Thank you! This is a great test prep and great for modeling on the Promethean board using overlay.”“I used this to prepare my ELL students for their standardized English language proficiency test. They begin taking these tests in first grade, and they are not yet familiar with filling in bubbles. This was a great help and they thought it was fun. Thank you.”