Middle School Reading Test Prep


Review SEVEN reading anchor standards with your middle school students using a friendly competition!  #testprep #teaching


It's that time of year again!  
Time to review for the Big State Test in Reading.

So I polled my students to see what they thought were the best kinds of review.  It probably comes as no surprise to you that my middle school students said "competition"!

So I put on my thinking cap to figure out what I could do to make a fun and productive review.  Then I had it - The Reading Ruckus!

It will work like this:

1.  I will intentionally group students into teams of 4.

2.  They will choose a team name.

3.  Each day we will have a short mini-lesson on a few standards.  I will show a PowerPoint with definitions and examples and students will record the information in a mini-book.


Help your middle school students review SEVEN reading anchor standards before the big state test!  #testprep #teaching


4.  Then students will each have to answer practice questions on the mini-lesson in their groups.


5.  I will draw a number.  The student in each group who has that number on his/her desk will answer for the group by writing their answer on a white board.  The groups with the right answers earn a point.  I will keep a tally of each team's points front and center!


Find out how to create friendly competition in your middle school class to review SEVEN reading standards!  #testprep #teaching


6.  After all the standards have been reviewed, the group with the most points wins!  What will they win?  Well, my students wanted a popcorn snack and I was happy to oblige!

7.  For individual accountability, there will be exit tickets.  Those who score proficiently will earn their team bonus points.

We only have a week to do this, so it's "Go time!"  I know the kids will love competing against each other and hopefully, this will make enough of an impression on them to commit the skills to memory just before the big test!

If you'd like to give this a try, I have a PowerPoint, mini-book, passages and questions prepared for SEVEN reading anchor standards for fiction & nonfiction.  All the prep work is done and everything is ready to go!

You can get just the PowerPoint and Mini-book here:


Or you can get just the passages with questions here:

Or if you want all of these items (The PowerPoint, mini-book, passages and questions), get the bundle here:




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