In November 2014 I presented this session at CAST and would like to share the information with all of my readers. STAAR can be a bummer, but here’s some resources to make it manageable for you and your students! Here are all of my best test prep materials for 5th Grade Science STAAR!
What’s in this blog post?
- Science STAAR ebook
- free test prep materials
- Minute to Win It games for adding fun
- SUPER STAAR test-taking strategy
- Science Penguin Test Prep recommendations
Your Guide to Science STAAR 2015
I put hours of research and work into making this nice and neat (free) 40 page ebook that is truly your guide to 5th Grade Science STAAR. Download your Science STAAR Reference Guide.
Free Activities Mentioned
Alien Invasion! Science Resources: Review for STAAR with alien themed activities.
Testing Vocabulary Matching: 24 matching cards with important Nature of Science vocabulary
Fossil Fuels Test Prep Lesson: Includes short reading passage, graphic organizer, activity, and sample test question
Science Vocabulary Folder: Students make their own dictionaries organized by unit
Minute to Win It Games
For Minute to Win It, I divide students into groups of 4-5. I start the timer and one for one minute only one student in each group takes his/her turn performing the task. After I call time, the groups set up the materials again and the next student does the task. We keep going until all students have gone. At the most, this takes 10 minutes from set-up to clean-up!
Materials per Group: 6-8 plastic solo cups, bucket of water with a plastic plate floating on it
Directions: Stack as many cups as you can on top each other. When I call “time”, count how many cups are stacked on the plate.
Materials per Group: 10-15 Glow in the Dark Stars, a set of chopsticks, a tray, small cup
Directions: Lay all the stars out flat. Put one hand behind your back and use the chopsticks to move the stars into the cup. When I call “time”, count how many stars are in the cup.
Materials per Group: cup of Cheerios, play dough balled up with 2 pieces of spaghetti in it
Directions: Put as many Cheerios on the spaghetti as you can. When I call “time”, count how many Cheerios you stacked on the spaghetti.
Glowing Planet Capture
Materials per Group: 5-6 bouncy balls, solo cup (you may want to put something heavy to weigh down the cup inside)
Directions: Stand several feet away from a cup that is placed on a table. Bounce as many balls into the cup as possible. 2 other team members are responsible for gathering the balls that did not go in the cup. This one can get crazy, but it’s crazy fun!
Super STAAR Strategy
When I’m working with students who are strong with the content but need some test-taking skills, I teach them the Super STAAR Strategy in small groups. They practice the strategy and I encourage them to use it on quizzes. This isn’t something that I force on them… it’s an option that I offer. And because I offer it as an option and the students are motivated, they try it out for me.
STAAR Prep Materials
5th Grade STAAR Review Folder: Includes three study pages for physical, earth, and life science
Picture This!: Guide and samples for processing photos and diagrams
Super Science Test Prep Lessons Bundle: 20 lessons that prepare students for STAAR
Super STAAR Activity Board: Menu with activities for 9 Readiness TEKS
Science Posters: 25 mini-posters for students to create and review
One Giant 5th Grade Science STAAR Prep Bundle: everything you need!