Student Test Taking Tutorials: Short Response Tips from 5th Graders


These 5th graders demonstrate that test prep can be fun (listen for the giggles)!  Here’s a look at them making Screencasts (below) as a way to share their knowledge and strategies with 3rd-5th graders.

The A.D.D. Strategy

Answer, Detail, Detail!

Don’t Stress, Do your Best!

Write in complete sentences, make inferences that make sense, and use examples from the text!

Student Music Video: Be the Change – 5th Grade PJ Drive

Why they made it

Each 5th grade class contributed a short video with the goal of inspiring more folks to take small actions to make the world a better place.

How they made it

After watching examples of social action videos, students came up with ideas for videos, searched for and chose the images, selected specific parts of the songs, found the quotations, filmed the drive, the skits and the interviews. Then they worked with Mr. Rhys to put them all together using Final Cut Pro video editing software. A few students worked directly on the editing as well.

The video starts with 5-239’s music video, then shows 5-235s interview clips, and finishes off with a video poem by class 5-237.


The #taots #choosekind Campaign Continues…

Student #choosekind ambassadors presented the videos to the 4th grade classes today, and explained how and why they made it in the hopes of inspiring more students to take action to help others!