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					4th grade Action Team Research
                      2010-2011
Why we chose our topic…
 MAP test scores have been low in figurative language
  for many years
 Wanted to make ourselves aware when we were
  teaching
 Wanted to focus on meaning of examples, not just the
  kind of figurative language being used
Action Research Initial Data
 Effect Data: Increase in student’s knowledge and
  understanding of figurative language
   50% of fourth graders at 70% proficiency by Nov. 20th
   60% proficient by Jan. 25th
   70% proficient on the MAP test
 Cause Data: Model each type of figurative language two
  times per theme focusing on meaning.
 Results Indicators: Record number of times specific
  feedback is given to students
   Increase in quiz/ assessment scores
   Ability to locate and explain figurative language found in text
    with less prompting and modeling
   Students will gain more independence on projects and class
    work
How we taught it before
 Theme 2 Harcourt Trophies Focus Skill
    One or two Practice Book Pages
    One focus skill lesson
    Throughout Theme 2, talk about figurative language
     when it came up
    Not much structure the rest of the year
Pretest
 Google Docs Spreadsheet


After the pretest, we sat down as a team and discussed
  answers
Examples
 Figurative Language Booklet
 An example a day for three weeks
 As it came up in stories and readings
 Crazy Like a Fox
 Tic Tac Toe
 Interactive Bulletin Board
 FOOD!!
January      25th   Mid Progress test
 Google Docs Spreadsheet
Goals for the rest of the year
 Continue to stress meaning of figurative language
    Although we won’t have a full conclusion until after the
     MAP test data comes in,
Conclusion Results
 Increase in quiz/assessment scores
    November 12th- 52% of our kids at 70% proficient
    January 25th- 73% of our kids at 70% proficient
    63% of our kids showed improvement between the first
     and second assessment
 Able to locate and explain figurative language found in
 text with less prompting and modeling

				
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