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Standardized Testing (Freebie)

Well, it's getting closer and closer to the dreaded state test. In Fl, my students will be taking the FCAT 2.0.  It's been revamped this year (hence the 2.0), so it will be even more rigorous than previous years.  Does anyone else hate the word rigorous?  Errrr....moving on.

My students are struggling readers.  Not only do they have trouble reading the passages on the standardized tests, they also struggle to read all the words in the questions.  Words like compare, italics, difference, and understand are really hard for my students to read.  Last year, I decided to treat these words like sight words and hope that my students could memorize some of them.  I made this vocabulary game last year, but I revamped it some now.  I hope that by practicing reading these words in isolation my students will be able to identify them on the test.  Click on the picture to download your own FREE copy!

Now onto something I'm really excited about!  One of my 1st graders with autism is grumpy a lot.  He doesn't socialize a lot.  He's usually just kind of unhappy and reluctant to do things at school.  Well on Friday, he was wearing a Batman shirt and mentioned his shirt to me.  I asked him if he liked Batman and he said yes.  I told him that I could make him a Batman sight word game, and his face lit up!!  We talked about what the game would be like and what we could use for the Draw Again, Give Back 2 Cards, and Lose a Turn cards.  I told him I'd make the game and have it ready for him on Monday.  I can't wait to see if he likes the game or not.  I hope he's not disappointed and this peps up his mood some!  Click on the picture to check out the game at my TPT store.

I've also just added this other cute Cat at the Circus Sight Word Game.  


  1. Thanks so much for the academic vocabulary freebie! We found at my school that it was such a huge challenge, especially for struggling readers and ESL students. It was so hard to see them miss questions they actually COULD do, just because of unfamiliar academic vocabulary. Thanks so much for giving me a fun way to teach these!

  2. Thank you for the freebie! I'm your newest follower, and I'll definitely be trying out your freebie with my students who struggle the most. T-minus one month until THE test for me in DE. Yikes!

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  3. Thank you so much for these! I will be using these a lot between now and the test!

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  5. Hello
    I'm majoring in ESE at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL (I'm a freshman). I love reading your blog! Can you please explain the concept of the sight word game? What it is, how it's used, and why it's important?

  6. Thank you for the freebie! I am an ESE teacher for K/1 but I also am one of the school's tutors for struggling 3rd graders for the FCAT. They will love the game and I will love that they are getting more practice with those question words!

  7. I hope your kiddo loved your Batman game! I think it's super cute:)

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  8. Thanks everyone! I hope that some of you are able to use the game to help your kiddos.

    And the Batman game was a big hit with my 1st graders! My student with autism was super happy!

  9. Now onto something I'm really excited about! One of my 1st graders with autism is grumpy a lot. He doesn't socialize a lot. He's usually just kind of unhappy and reluctant to do things at school.
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