The Standardized Test can be an anxiety-filled time for many students - and their teachers! Testing Miss Malarky by Judy Finchler is a humorous story about a school preparing for THE TEST! The ironic plot will have your students chuckling - and it will open up the floor for a discussion about how to prepare for the test without being overwhelmed.
Here's the synopsis: Teachers, students, and even parents are preparing for THE TEST-The Instructional Performance Through Understanding (IPTU) test-and the school is in an uproar. Even though the grown-ups tell the children not to worry, they're acting kind of strange. The gym teacher is teaching stress-reducing yoga instead of sports in gym class. Parents are giving pop quizzes on bedtime stories at night. The cafeteria is serving "brain food" for lunch. The kids are beginning to think that maybe the test is more important than they're being led to believe. Kids and adults alike will laugh aloud as Finchler and O'Malley poke fun at the commotion surrounding standardized testing, a staple of every school's year.
If you don't have the book, you can show your kids this video from YouTube of a teacher reading the story:
Then, as a follow-up to reading the book, I have created a 25-page print-and-go resource that will assess your students' comprehension, challenge them, and open up the floor for a discussion about how to prepare for the test without being overwhelmed.
This packet is chocked-full of fun and engaging activities - graphic organizers, vocabulary, cause an effect, journal entries, and much more!
This resource is student-tested and teacher-approved! Here's what teachers are saying:
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