I’m not sure if you know this or not, but in sixth grade, students take an end of grade exam in all four of their core area subjects. While the Math and Reading exams are probably the most important for your students, the science exam is probably the most difficult.
Here’s why: The test includes 35 isolated, fact-driven, multiple choice questions that can come from any part of any unit that we have studied this year.
Given that we have studied hundreds of facts from five different units over the course of almost twelve full months, that makes studying for the EOG science exam REALLY important. Without studying — refreshing memories about content that we covered forever ago — students tend to feel overwhelmed by the questions that they see on the exam. That can leave them really discouraged about science in general and about their own performance as students.
We will do a bunch of reviewing for the exam in class — but there won’t be enough time to review everything that we studied this year.
You can help your child prepare, though, by requiring them to spend time at home over the next few weeks completing this Brainpop EOG Study Handout.
They have a copy of this in their Google Classrooms and I will introduce it to them in class today.
The handout lists every Brainpop video that is tied to the sixth grade curriculum. If your kids spend time watching a few videos each week between now and the end of the school year, they will have a great chance of doing well on the Science EOG exam. These videos do a great job covering the essential ideas for each concept in a short, approachable way.
Let me know if you have any questions — and please make studying for the Science EOGs a requirement in your household.