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Why Daily Language Review Is the Best Reading SOL Test Prep

August 5, 2021 No Comments

One of the biggest issues we face as teachers is finding the time to teach it all. It can be especially challenging in the spring as testing season approaches and we need to review ALL the things – some of which we may not have taught in months! That’s why I’m such a huge fan of using a spiral daily language review with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

Frequent, targeted practice gets students practicing ELA skills all year long – not just in May. And when we keep the review activities short and sweet, we can easily make time for it in our schedules.

Here are just a few reasons to use a daily language review:

  • allows you to target one skill at a time
  • keeps skills fresh throughout the year
  • great way to work in content from other subject areas
  • exposes students to SOL testing language early and often
  • works as an informal assessment to help you identify strengths and areas for reteaching
  • cuts down on that need to “cram” when it’s SOL review time

If you’re on board, but don’t have the time to make something like this, I’ve got you covered!

I’ve created a yearlong set of daily ELA review worksheets that are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning. They start with a review of previously taught skills from the prior grade and then slowly introduce new skills taught during the current grade level.

In each worksheet, you’ll find a mix of skills including reading comprehension (fiction, nonfiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry), writing, revising/editing, grammar, punctuation, word analysis, and research.

Daily ELA warmups like this 3rd grade Reading SOL review worksheet are a great way to keep skills fresh all year long.

Preview the third-grade SOL-aligned set here and try one week for free!

One of my favorite features of this no-prep resource is that students only complete one question a day, so you don’t have to worry about losing chunks of time from your instructional block. It’s specific, targeted, and print-and-go.

It also includes relevant science and social studies content so that students are reviewing other subjects at the same time! Win-win!

Using a language arts question of the day with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students keeps reading SOL skills fresh throughout the school year.

I’ve included pacing guides so you know when each SOL is covered, as well as editable versions in case you’d like to mix up the order of the review.

A few ways to use this resource are a daily ELA warmup, exit ticket, bellringer, center activity, or for homework.

There are lots of ways you can incorporate daily language arts review into your teaching. But this is definitely my favorite way to making reading SOL review part of your everyday routine. I hope you find it helpful!

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