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Health Lesson Activities: Introduction This lesson is designed to help students prepare for test taking.

These strategies can be useful when preparing students to take test inside and outside the classroom. There are also useful techniques to reduce stress during the test. Students will be taking a test during the week of January 14, 2013.

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Learning Activities Discuss with students that as they approach the end of this year and for the future of their school careers they will encounter and take a wide variety of tests in all subjects. Ask students how they feel about taking tests. Ask students if they ever feel nervous when taking tests. Ask students what they do to prepare for tests. Ask students what they do during tests.

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Keep track of comments on the board. Have students share with a partner and share aloud with the class. Think, Pair, Share. Give students think time, have them turn to their partner, and share their ideas.

6. Show Test Taking Tips PowerPoint with students. 7. Discuss each slide. 8. Slide 1: Before the test a. Be prepared: Students should have good study habits. Good study habits involve doing your homework, asking questions and getting work done on time. b. Be organize: Students should make sure their work is organized. The more organized their material is the easier it is to find work to study for the test. c. Be Aware: Know when your test is. Nothing is worse than

showing up to school and having to take a test without studying! d. Be confident: Stay relaxed, you can do this, this does not measure everything you know, just shows a small glimpse of your abilities. 9. Slide 2: During test a. Read, Read, Read: i. Read directions ii. Read the questions iii. Read answers iv. Reread until you understand b. Pay attention: Make sure you reread your answers in the right spots, especially for bubble tests. c. Try to select the correct answer by reasoning out the wrong ones. d. Work quickly, but accurately. e. Dont spend too much time on one questions f. Skip questions you do not know and then come back to it. g. Go back over test when you are finished. h. Think positive!!! 10. Slide 3: Test Anxiety. a. Talk to a friend, parent, or teaching if you feel anxious.

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Relaxation techniques. a. Have students close their eyes and take deep breaths. Do this for about a minute. b. Have students practice thinking positive thoughts. c. Use some of the breathing exercises listed in the handout, try some of the yoga poses.

Discuss term anxiety. Ask students if they understand what the word is. Some students may need an explanation. Anxious: To feel nervous, nauseous, scared, headache, and butterflies in stomach. Ask students to discuss what they can say to themselves to help them think positively.

Differentiation for special learners: Students are able to talk aloud with the classroom as well as share with partners. This should allow students of all learning levels to work together. Students will have a PowerPoint to go along with the lesson to look at during the discussion. How is this lesson sensitive to cultural and language issues?: Students given both verbal and visual techniques for tips on test taking strategies. Teacher will clarify any student vocabulary questions. This lesson allows students from all cultures to practice test taking strategies and learn how to help reduce text anxiety and stress.

Test Taking Tips: Before the test


Be Be Be Be Prepared Organized Aware Confident

During Test
Read, Read, Read! Read the directions Read the questions (gure out what is being asked, underline, highlight) Read the answers Reread until you understand Make sure you record your answers in the right spots, especially for bubble test. Try to select the correct answer by reason Dont spend too much time on one question, skip and come back to it (dont forget) Work quickly but with accuracy if you have a time limit. Think positive! Go back over your answers if you have time!

Stress reducing tip: Think about the question you are on, not about the rest of the test. !

Test Anxiety
Talk to a friend, parent, teacher Stay positive Relax, deep breaths, and stay focused Do your best Get a good nights sleep Eat a good breakfast

Before a test. Do easy neck and shoulder rolls right at your desk to relieve tense muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back. Also try squeezing and relaxing your ngers and hands. These exercises can take as little as 30 seconds, and can be repeated as often as you need! While studying. Try a few simple yoga moves to help relax any areas that may have become tense while studying. Neck and shoulder rolls can release tension in your back and shoulders. Forward folds and twists will relieve lower back strain. Give your face a mini-massage to help loosen up a tense jaw. Balancing poses, like tree pose, can help focus your energy so you can concentrate on what you need to do! Before bed. Do a few yoga stretches before bed to help you relax especially if you have a lot on your mind. Poses where you fold forward, like child's pose, tend to be calming. They allow you to tune out the rest of the world and feel quiet and peaceful. Stay in a forward fold for 3 or 4 full, slowing breaths, and allow your body and mind to relax.

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