May 20, 2016

A Last-Minute Checklist!

Wednesday is the big day! Students have worked so hard to prepare for writing their EQAO booklets. 

My students have asked me for something to help them really narrow down key things that as a class, they specifically need to focus on.  So to help give them something purposeful to do over the next few days, here are some last-minute items students can practice as we get closer to EQAO. 

Please check back over the course of the next few days. Any updates will be indicated in blue text.  

Be sure to know/review: 

Math: 
  • how to calculate area and perimeter 
  • practice your times tables
  • practice adding and subtracting three-digit numbers
  • remember to check the key first on a picto-graph 
  • what does a fair or unfair spinner look like? 
  • what is symmetry?  
Reading: 
  • be able to explain ways authors try to make their point (e.g. they repeat phrases in a poem, they use italics, ellipses, bold text, they s-p-e-l-l words, use funny twists/irony) 
  • be prepared to explain the point the author is trying to make by using the above tools 
  • be prepared to identify how a character or their attitude has changed over the course of a story or poem 
Writing:
  • we MUST remember to use capitals at the beginning of sentences (this is an on-going challenge in our class) 
  • use commas appropriately (we can't insert them in random places, the pause must be appropriate) 
  • remember to proofread our work into a whisper-phone
  • remember to print neatly 
Creative Writing: 
Students will be asked to write a number of creative pieces. To prepare for this, they'll want to think about some of the different types of writing we've done over the course of the year: 
  • a favourite story/toy
  • a favourite place to visit 
  • a persuasive letter that convinces someone to do something (e.g. how should the principal improve the school) 
  • a friendly letter to a new student
  • an adventure story (e.g. you find a treasure on the playground, you wake up and you're an animal, write about your day) 
  • a special friend or memory 
  • procedural writing (e.g. write the steps for how to brush your teeth) students are reminded to use transitional words
Non-Fiction Texts: 
  • how do features such as diagrams, close-ups, maps, Venn Diagrams, bold text and borders around text boxes help the reader to understand what they are reading?  
Memorize: 
  • 1000 metres in a kilometre
  • 1000 milliliter in a litre
  • 1000 grams in a kilogram
  • 60 minutes in an hour 
  • a quarter of an hour is 15 minutes
  • a quarter of a kilometre, litre, kilogram is 250 (m, mL, g)  
  • the three types of angles (right, obtuse, acute) 
  • the names of three-dimensional shapes, their faces, edges and vertices
  • the value of all Canadian coins
  • the rules for correct use of: your/your, there/their/they're along with to/too/two 
  • how to label a map with North/South/East/West
  • an average temperature for winter/spring/summer/fall
  • the number of weeks/months in a year 


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