careless mistakes on math tests
04072017, 03:44 PM


I have been using iPads as a math center and my first graders at this center must first answer 10 questions on the Ten Marks website before they can play a math game/app. I look over their scores later when i get home and i see mistakes that are mainly because they are not paying attention. How do I get my first graders to pay attention to all of the question and to look carefully at all of the choices? How do I get my first graders to take the time to focus on each of the multiple choices before picking an answer? If they do it with me they usually do fine but without any guidance to focus carefully, they don't pay close enough attention. I know they understand the concepts (some students are making mistakes because they don't understand but i am not talking about those students).
Below are some examples of the mistakes I am seeing.
Sam has 7 cats. Bill and Jan each have 4 cats. How many cats in all?
Students answer: 11 (aren't paying attention to the word "each", and yes, we have gone over that many times, but together)
There are 5 red birds, 2 blue birds, and 4 orange birds. How many birds are there in all?
Students answer: 7 (didn't add the 4)
Which addition sentence gives you a sum of 13?
3 + 4 + 3
4 + 5 + 5 (students answer)
3 + 5 + 5 (correct answer)
How do I teach the student to take the time to try to solve each of the choice before choosing an answer?
Should I be practicing answering test questions together as a class? the only problem with that is that the same students don't pay attention during whole class lessons, and my small group lessons are focused on the current concepts being taught and not review or test taking practice.
thanks for any ideas.
