Tip Sheet #17 - January 31, 2023



for Testing! 


This Tip Sheet focuses on reading and writing activities that you can use to gauge how your students are doing on ELA standards. The passages are cross-curricular and address topics in English, Social Studies, and Science. 


These are released STAAR tests that have been modified to reflect the new item types for STAAR 2.0. However, these activities will work for any state using the Cambium platform for online testing.


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Shared Elementary TeacherMades:


ELA/Social Studies: Brave Bessie Coleman


  • Description: Students will read this historical fiction piece about Bessie Coleman, who was the first African American woman to make a public flight.
  • Recommended Grade Range: Intended for Grade 3 but can be used in grades 2-5.
  • Question Types: Multiple Choice, Multiselect, Dropdown
  • Click Here: Brave Bessie Coleman


ELA/Science: Amazing Acorns


  • Description: Students will read this informational piece to learn all about acorns. This would be great to use in science class!
  • Recommended Grade Range: Intended for Grade 4 but can be used in grades 3-6.
  • Question Types: Multiple Choice, Multiselect, Dropdown
  • Click Here: Amazing Acorns 


Shared Middle School TeacherMades:



ELA/Social Studies: Flying Into History


  • Description: Students will read this informational piece about Charles Lindbergh, who had crossed the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris in a single flight.
  • Recommended Grade Range: Intended for Grade 6 but can be used in grades 5-8.
  • Question Types: Multiple Choice, Multiselect
  • Click Here: Flying Into History


ELA/Science: Composting


  • Description: Students will read this nonfiction piece about composting. This would be a great addition to a science lesson!
  • Recommended Grade Range: Intended for Grade 6 but can be used in grades 5-8.
  • Question Types: Multiple Choice, Multiselect, Dropdown
  • Click Here: Composting



Shared High School TeacherMades:




ELA/Science: Editing: Using Solar Power to Clean Drinking Water


  • Description: Students will choose the best answer to correct the passage so it is written correctly.
  • Recommended Grade Range: Intended for high school English II, but can be used with any high school reading level.
  • Question Types: Multiple Choice, Dropdown
  • Click Here: Using Solar Power to Clean Drinking Water

ELA/Social Studies: Nonfiction: Using Maps vs. GPS


  • Description: Students will read this nonfiction piece about whether to use maps or GPS then answer the eight questions that follow.
  • Recommended Grade Range: Intended for high school English II, but can be used with any high school reading level.
  • Question Types: Multiple Choice, Multiselect, Inline Choice, Dropdown
  • Click Here: Using Maps vs. GPS


Language Arts 


STAAR Sample Items

 

Revising and Editing Released Tests 

These TEA sample tests have been TeacherMaded to use in your classroom with no prep needed! Just assign and go! Each practice assessment has a revising and editing portion and there are two assessments per grade level. All questions are multiple choice as per the STAAR 2.0 Test Specifications and are auto-scored. 



English


Grade 3 Sample Writing Items 

Grade 4 Sample Writing Items 

Grade 5 Sample Writing Items 

Grade 6 Sample Writing Items 

Grade 7 Sample Writing Items 

Grade 8 Sample Writing Items 


Spanish


Grade 3 Sample Writing Items 


Grade 4 Sample Writing Items 

Grade 5 Sample Writing Items 


From Last Week's Tip Sheet:


Black History Month



 


ELA/Social Studies: Mini Biographies 

  • Description: Students will choose a leader to research for Black History Month. After they will write a paragraph about the person they researched, and add a picture. This is a great activity for students to share with the class! 

  • Grade: Upper Elementary, Middle to High School

  • Item Types: Open Answer

  • Link:  https://app.teachermade.com/s/s8LFdFGPTnS2uo0GxXDjAA/




ELA: Mae Jemison

  • Description: This nonfiction article will teach students all about Mae Jemison, the first female African American to go into space. Students will have reading checks to assess their reading comprehension. 

  • Grade: Upper Elementary, Middle 

  • Item Types: Multiple Choice, Multiselect, Open Answer

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/eDzn7a-ZSQKGdVY1SlEgGw/

ELA: Can Kids Change the World? 

  • Description: Students will watch the Storyworks video, "Can Kids Change the World?" then answer comprehension questions to assess their understanding of the video, and their listening skills.

  • Grade: Upper Elementary, Middle 

  • Item Types: Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Open Answer

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/QCpgvC5MQ3CDLIGQRXgjVg/



 

ELA: Who Was William Wells Brown? 

  • Description: This first African-American novelist, playwright, and author who escapes the chains of slavery, Brown was an abolitionist with a literary talent. A self-taught reader and writer, he was a best-selling author in the 1840s and 1850s and made history for his literary achievements many times. 

  • Grade: Middle and High School 

  • Item Types: Dropdown, Matching,  Multiple Choice,  Short Answer

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/A_QUb6CJQS2NAUtfM-3MdA/


Groundhog Day

February 2, 2023


 

ELA: Groundhog Day 

  • Description: Students will learn about Groundhog Day then answer questions that follow. This is a great activity to do on February 2nd! 

  • Grade: Elementary

  • Item Types: Multiple Choice, Short Answer, True/False, Open Answer 

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/BJW9pUwySbSRnJdd6B3KFA/


 

ELA/Science: Groundhog Day 

  • Description: Have your students watch a < 4 minute youtubekids video and then answer the questions that follow. The content is cross-curricular with a heavy emphasis on science. You may have to introduce Groundhog Day because it's alluded to, but not specifically covered in the activity. Enjoy! 

  • Grade: Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School 

  • Item Types: Dropdown, Matching,  Multiple Choice,  Short Answer

  • Link: https://app.teachermade.com/s/3dTDMwNuRbWWI8qQ2zrRTg/


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