5th grade finals???

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5th grade finals???
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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 9:25am
My kids have a math final tomorrow! It will cover the math curriculum for the year. They've never had a test like this before, and I'm sure have no clue how to study for it. Rachel didn't bring her book home yesterday, because she cleaned out her locker and had no room for her math book. Good logic ;-) She has a softball game tonight. She clearly doesn't get the whole final thing! The teacher is doing some review for a few days, and letting them know what is on the test. I told both of my kids to bring their books home tonight so we can spend some time reviewing the chapters they feel rusty on. I'm not too worried about Sam, because he truly "gets" math. Rachel tends to memorize techniques by rote, so she is not strong on which technique to use when, so I'm afraid this final will throw her. Oh well, better to learn these lessons in 5th grade I guess.

Did your children have any final exams this year?

I can't wait for school to be done!!! 7 1/2 days to go, as Sam reminded me this morning ;-)

Janet

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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 4:09pm
We have 3 grading periods per year. Prior to each report card the kids have tests in each subject. In addition they have periodic history tests. In 3rd grade they had a history quiz every week, to reiterate the material learned that week. I did help her study for the first real history test, mainly because she had no clue how to study. Usually though, she doesn't even tell me about the tests. I don't mind the tests. test taking and studying are useful skills and they have to start sometime. As you say, better they mess up in 5th grade than down the line when it might actually count.
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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 7:56pm
I did get a little more information from Sam and Rachel today. The teacher read them the test questions, but they couldn't write them down. So, they know what is on the test, and therefore what chapters they might want to review. I had S&R take the 14 question review test at the back of their textbook, and then check their answers. They seemed to feel comfortable with everything, so I let it go at that. They are allowed to use their notebooks during the test, which means they can look up formulas and examples. So, I'll let you know how it goes!

Janet

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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 3:29pm
Some units build on each other, but for instance, will they remember how to multiply and divide fractions? They did geometry, area and perimeter of triangles, circles, etc. months ago. Will they remember how to compute that? They also did integers, decimals, graphing, statistics, and I don't even remember what else! It's a lot to review. I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks for the good luck wish.

Janet

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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 2:56pm
No finals in 5th grade here. That seems a bit tough for this age. Hopefully, since it's math, one thing has built upon another, and they still remember the things they learned earlier in the year. I guess in a way, it is what "standardized testing" should be all about--what did they actually learn this year? Good luck to Sam and Rachel!

Janet

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Tue, 06-10-2003 - 1:26pm
Sorta, and only in math. It was a quiz your brain on definitions of things, and it was tough. She gave 20 questions with fill in the blank answers (no problems; these were principles, not computation) and 4 extra credit. He did great on the e/c, but awfully on the 20 questions! They bounced all over the place in what the topics were, and his mind was on the end of the year, not the year as a whole! Oh, well. I guess we'll see how bad that was when his report card shows up next week (they graduate tomorrow).

Sue