Elementary School Study Guides and Test Prep Materials

When preparing for an exam, many elementary students may need extra assistance outside of the classroom. You can create your own study guides that focus specifically on the areas that your child is struggling with. Get started by using the ideas below.

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Where Can I Find Test Prep Materials for My Elementary Student?

Some of the most thorough elementary school study guides can be found in homeschooling books. Parents who homeschool their children are responsible for creating a curriculum that is comparable to those that incorporate state standards. As a result, homeschooling materials can be a great resource when creating study guides for your child.

Other test prep materials and study guides can be found by subject and grade level online or at a local bookstore. If you're still struggling to come up with exercises, you may also consult your child's teacher for more ideas, or you can try the following activities.

Three Elementary Study Guide Activities

Family Lesson

Let your child do the teaching with this test prep activity. Whether your son or daughter is preparing for a reading, vocabulary, math or science quiz, it can be beneficial to have him or her explain the subject to you out loud.

For example, if the test is on a recent narrative, your child can explain the premise of the story and its characters to you. If your child is studying for a science exam, he or she can describe the processes or animal families. Be sure to ask your child questions to make sure he or she fully understands the concept. If your child needs assistance, allow him or her to refer back to the textbook.

Multiple-Choice Questions

While they may not be the most exciting review tool, multiple-choice questions are commonly used on exams. Additionally, multiple-choice questions can be beneficial because they give your child the opportunity to think through an answer and pick the best option without feeling overwhelmed. Create these types of questions for any subject. If you don't have time to write your own, many websites offer free worksheets on specific topics that you can print for your child.

Short Responses

Depending on the subject, your son or daughter may be required to provide a short response as part of an exam. In reading, he or she may be asked to provide an opinion about a certain character. In math, your child might have to explain how he or she arrived at a specific answer. Either way, incorporating short response questions into a study guide makes for great review, as well as writing practice.

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