Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Test Taking Strategies
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
Brief Description: Students will learn some test taking strategies and create a comic to demonstrate their understanding.
Know Before You Start: This is a great lesson to present before a big test. Helpful test taking strategies include:
- Ask questions to clarify things you don’t understand the day before the test.
- Read all of the directions carefully to make sure you understand what is being asked.
- Complete the questions you know first, then go back to work on the harder ones after.
- On multiple choice questions, eliminate the choices you know are wrong first.
- On math tests, make sure to show your work.
- When you don’t know an answer, make an educated guess.
- Answer all of the questions, even the ones you’re not sure of.
- If you have extra time, go back and review your answers.
- The first answer that pops into your head is often right, so don’t change an answer unless you are sure that your first choice is wrong.
- Make sure you’ve completed the entire test. Make sure to check both sides of each page.
Read and discuss the sample comic.
What test taking strategies do you use?
Do they work?
Write student answers on the board, adding in any that they missed.
Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic showing some test taking strategies that they'll use when taking a test.
The comic should be at least three-panels, include more than one character and be school appropriate. Remind students to be clear and concise when explaining the strategy.
Remind students to have fun and be creative.
Share student comics out loud or display them for the class and/or parents to read.
You can grade on creativity, the number of panels, number of characters, and the clarity of the strategy they're explaining.
Students can work independently, in groups, or with a partner.
Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.
Provide printout of the sample comic for student reference.