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Feeling the pressure of looming CRCT testing week?. The CRCT is WHEN????? AARGH!!! I don’t have enough time to prepare… I have too much paperwork to deal with this! Relax-.

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The CRCT is WHEN?????AARGH!!!I don’t have enough time to prepare… I have too much paperwork to deal with this!Relax-

Here are 3 down and dirty, quick and easy steps to help you increase your students’ achievement on our most beloved yearly assessment!

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STEP 1:Use “The 12 Powerful Words”

These 12 words tend to

“trip up”

the at-risk student on standardized tests. Simply integrate them into your regular daily activities and watch your children’s test scores rise!

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Twelve Words:


  • List in steps

  • Outline




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Twelve Words:


  • Break Apart

  • Study

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Twelve Words:


  • Read between the lines

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Twelve Words:


  • Judge

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Twelve Words:


  • Create

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Twelve Words:


  • Tell all


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Twelve Words:


  • Back up with details

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Twelve Words:


  • Tell how

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Twelve Words:


  • Give the short version

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Twelve Words:


  • Ways alike

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Twelve Words:


  • Ways different

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Twelve Words:


  • What happens next

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12 Words Song – tune Are You Sleeping?

(Introduce 1 word at a time; then build to it)

Can you __________? (word)

Can you __________? (word)

Yes we can.

Yes we can.



We can __________. (word)

We can __________. (word)

Example: Can you trace?

Can you trace?

Yes we can.

Yes we can.

Follow the steps.

Follow the steps.

We can trace.

We can trace.

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STEP 2:“Unraavel”

Use this strategy to increase your students’ reading comprehension and math problem solving skills for the CRCT.

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UNRAAVEL Reading Comprehension StrategyU nderline the titleN ow predict the passage R ead through the passageA re the important words circled?V enture through the passageE liminate wrong answersL et the question be answered Double check your work!IMPORTANT WORDS ARE:bolditalicsunderlined highlighted ALL CAPITALS (in parenthesis) “in quotation marks” *marked with an asterisk in a different font or color

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UNRAAVEL Math Word Problem – Solving StrategyU nderline the questionN ow predict what you think you need to do to solve the problem R ead the word problemA re the important words circled? (especially clue words)A pply the step(s) you chose to solve theproblemV erify your answer (is it reasonable; does it make sense?)E liminate wrong answersL et the answer stay or rework the problem Double check your work!

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(Sung to the tune of the “Brady Bunch” tune)

Draw a line, under the title

Take your best guess what it’s all about

Put a number next to each paragraph

To help you find the answer

Take some time, and read the questions

Circle all, the very important words

Write down what each word means

And now its time to read

Chorus UNRAAVEL (ing)


This is how we UNRAAVEL the “CRCT”

Cross out all the wrong answers

Pick the best of all that remain

Paragraph numbers will prove

you know the answers

Now double check your work


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STEP 3:Ten Instructional Strategies that close The Achievement Gap

Use these strategies to increase your students’ achievement levels and better prepare them for the CRCT.

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Stress reading every day!!!

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Use higher order thinking skills every day!!!

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Make them use complete sentences every time!

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Have a system to reteach missed questions.

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Provide structure in the classroom.

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Make every child participate every day.

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Use an inclusive/diverse curriculum all year long.

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Get your audience emotionally involved.

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Teach one grade level ahead and tell them why. Preview.

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And lastly, No matter how tough it gets…

NEVER give