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					                                                                   The Florida
                                                                     Parental
                                                                   Information
                                                                       and
                                                                    Resource
                                                                      Center
                                                                     Of FND


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 Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT):
  FCAT Skills at Home
 The Florida Parental Information and Resource Center
                    (PIRC) of FND
                  www.floridapirc.org




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FCAT Skills at Home
           Goal:
   To assist families to
  understand FCAT Skills
    and provide simple
    strategies families
      to use at home.

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 Why do we have FCAT?
State and federal laws require that
students be tested to see how they are
progressing academically compared to
state educational standards (Sunshine
State Standards) and other students
across the country.
         Thus, we have…FCAT!!
          Florida Comprehensive
            Assessment Test            3
     What does FCAT
    expect of our kids?
FCAT expects our kids to be able to:
- Get the main idea and then apply
  that information.
- Solve problems and write about how
  the problem was solved.
- Write essays from prompts.
- Take skills and use them in real-life
         situations.
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        What does FCAT
       expect of our kids?
• FCAT tests kids in Reading, Writing,
  Math, and Science
• FCAT asks four types of questions:
  -   Multiple choice
  -   Short response
  -   Extended respond
  -   Gridded respond


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    What does FCAT
   expect of our kids?
• Kids need to be able to answer two
  types of questions:
        Low Order and High Order
• Low Order questions have factual,
  almost memorized answers:
    What are the three colors in the
           American flag?

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     What does FCAT
    expect of our kids?
• High Order questions require more
  thinking and reasoning answers:
          Why do you think the
          boy’s dog ran away?
(Here’s a secret… you can make ANY
question a high order question just by
          adding one word: WHY?)
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  How do schools prepare
   our kids for FCAT?
• Schools teach skills to ensure that our
  kids are learning Florida’s Educational
  Standards.
• Schools do practice activities to help
  kids become familiar with the format
  of FCAT.



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   What can parents do
    to help their kids?
• Ask kids to explain what they are
  learning in school.
• Know what your kids are doing for
  homework assignments.
• Communicate with the school and
  teachers frequently.
• Read with your kids as often as possible.

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     I already do that!
    What else can I do?
• Involve your kids in household chores!
  Did you know that you can use FCAT
  skills while:
   taking out the trash, doing laundry,
   mowing the grass, washing dishes,
   vacuuming, cooking, etc.
• Talk with your kids and ask them high
          order questions while you’re
          both doing chores!               10
    I already do that!
   What else can I do?
• While running errands, ask your kids
  high order questions:
   in the car, at the grocery store, in
   the check-out line, while sitting in the
   waiting room, at the library, at a
   restaurant… wherever!
          Ask high order questions
            everywhere you go!
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    I already do that!
   What else can I do?
• Take advantage of the television! Ask
  you kids high order questions about the
  programs and commercials they’re
  watching.
• During commercials, ask them what just
  happened, what they think will happen
  next, and then watch, check your
         predictions, and make new ones.
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    I already do that!
   What else can I do?
• Do your kids play video games? Ask
  your kids high order questions about
  the particular game they’re playing and
  what strategies they’re using to try to
  win the game.




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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Laundry Tips:
• How big is the load of clothes?
• How much detergent should be used?
• How long will it take/should it take the
  clothes to wash? To dry?
• What water temperature should be
  used?

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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Shopping Tips:
• Categorize items when putting them in
  the cart and conveyer belt (frozen
  items, soaps, etc.)
• In the checkout line, read the
  headlines on magazines and newspapers
  and determine if they are fact or
  fiction.
         Discuss why certain items are put
           near the checkout line.
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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Shopping Tips: (continued)
• Subtract coupon amounts from product
  prices.
• Use a calculator to total up prices as
  you shop.
• Dictate the shopping list to your child
  and have your child write it down, or
  have your child dictate the list to you
•         and write the list.
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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Shopping Tips: (continued)
• Have your child push the cart and read
  the list to you while you get the items,
  and then switch places.
• Have your child put the shopping list in
  order of how the items are located in
  aisles at the store.


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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Shopping Tips: (continued)
• Discuss why certain items are placed in
  specific places in the store (why are
  the staples like milk, eggs, etc., usually
  in the back of the store.)
• Read products labels and discuss
  nutritional information.


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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Waiting Room Tips:
• What time do we have to leave in order
  to be at the appointment on time?
• How long did we wait to see the doctor?
• Why do we usually have to wait past our
  appointment time to see the doctor?


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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
 High order questions starters:
 • Why did…?
 • What if…?
 • How would you have…?
 • How is this the same as/different
   from…?
 • Which is better…? Why?


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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Television:
• Use a TV Guide to allow your child to
  schedule programs for the week. Give
  your child a highlighter and a daily
  viewing limit and have your child make a
  schedule for the week.
• Watch TV with your child and make
           predictions of what will happen
           next. Check your predictions. 21
 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Television: (continued)
• Observe commercials and discuss what’s
  being sold and why it is advertised in
  that way.
• Observe what types of commercials are
  shown during favorite shows, and
  compare and contrast the types of
  commercials shown during different
         types of shows, and different
         times of the day.               22
 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Video Games:
• Observe ratings and discuss why the
  game received the specific rating.
• Ask your child to describe the
  strategies of how to win the game.




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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Videos Games: (continued)
• Ask your child to show you how to play
  the game.
• Play the games together - many games
  have options for more than one player
  (this also gives you and opportunity to
  be sure the game content is appropriate
  for your child!)

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 What are some easy things to
do to promote critical thinking?
Car Tips:
• Note and discuss landmarks, discussing
  similarities and differences between
  rural and urban settings.
• Predict and check predictions of times
  and distances the trip takes and the gas
  mileage of the trip to a destination.
• Try different routes to check for
          efficiency, pleasure, gas
          mileage of a trip.
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     I already do that!
    What else can I do?
Try these things too!
• Write out chore lists, extra-curricular
  schedules, and appointments.
• Make charts for family events and
  commitments.
• Keep a family event and school
  calendar displayed and updated.

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     I already do that!
    What else can I do?
Try these things too! (continued)
• When reading, stop periodically and ask
  questions and make predictions. Be sure
  to check predictions.
• Encourage your child to keep a journal
  or diary. It can be written or drawn.
• Model speaking and writing in complete
          sentences.
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      I already do that!
     What else can I do?
Try these things too! (continued)
• Use the newspaper to read weather
  charts and graphs, advertisements, etc.
  Use the weather maps to locate states
  and cities of relatives and favorite
  sports teams. Discuss the differences
  in weather and why the weather is
  different.

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      I already do that!
     What else can I do?
Try these things too! (continued)
• Have your child help with cooking and
  following recipes. If the recipe calls for
  a cup of something, give a half-cup
  measuring cup and have your child figure
  out how to convert it.
• Halve and double the recipe. Use a
         variety of measuring cups and
         spoons.
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     I already do that!
    What else can I do?
Try these things too! (continued)
• Keep a pocket calculator and ask your
  child to figure out various problems
  while shopping, running errands, etc.
• Watch the growing patterns of house
  and garden plants. Keep track of the
  watering cycle and sun exposure.

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  What it comes down to…
• You are the most significant person in
  your child’s life - you are your child’s
  first teacher.
• What you model for your child speaks
  volumes! You have to model what you
  want your child to do.
• Have conversations with your child at
  every opportunity, asking them high
         order questions as often as you
         can!
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