Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beginning of the Year Math Assessment: 1st Grade

Thinking about the first days of school, I can remember always asking myself....

How much do my students already know?

As they take their first steps into your classroom, they come to you either knowing more than what you think, or not knowing enough...the dreaded summer slide:( 

Some students work hard over the summer; reading and completing workbooks that their overachieving parents bought them from Target. However, other students spend their days watching TV and sleeping in with very little support from adults in their home. So, whenever I started a school year, one of the first things I would do in that first week of school is give a Math Test...

I can hear my students now...

A TEST??? 
but we just started school!! 
We haven't learned anything yet!!

Giving this test is a great indicator of 
1.) What type of readers you will have 
2.)What they remember from Kindergarten Math
 3.) their work stamina
4.) frustration level and
5.) Ability to work through and use reasoning.

I created this packet based on the Common Core Standards in Kindergarten and what a 1st grader should ALREADY know. 
It includes:
1.) Writing numbers as far as they can on a 100 board
2.) Counting objects in a set
3.) Drawing objects to represent a number
4.) Comparing 2 numbers
5.) Demonstrating  knowledge of what "equal" means
6.) Solving an addition and subtraction problem
7.) Creating a sum of 10
8.) Finding a missing addend
9.) Finding the sum within 5
10.) Comparing lengths of objects
11.) Sorting and labeling shapes

This is a quick assessment, only 13 pages long. You could do 1 page for morning work and 1 for a math warm-up and you would have your data in one week. 

This is something I always looked forward to because it set the pace for the rest of the year. Once I saw where my students were, I could start making short and long terms goals for myself and for my class. My students could start making short and long term goals for themselves. That is one important thing not to forget. Show them how they did on the test....sit down and have a conversation so they can see how much they know. Students won't know where they need to be academically if you don't have those conversations.

I can bet that some of your students will regret sitting on that couch all summer:(

You can find this packet at my TpT store:) It has done awesome on Pinterest!! ...Thanks to all you "Pinners" and it's doing GREAT at my store!
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  1. Looks great Tammy!!! I'm having a giveaway! Hope you'll come check it out!

    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

  2. Thanks for sharing this wonderful freebie! I know, kids don't want a test on the first few days of school, but we need it.

  3. Thanks for this post. Those are some great tips you shared, and I've linked then in my blog posting today. We just started Go Math this year, and your tips are helpful.


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