CLARK — Students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark prepared for the NJ ASK throughout the entire year. As a way to rally student excitement for the test and review skills for the test that was administered last week, the 7th grade teachers created an NJ ASK activity. The language arts and mathematics teachers collectively gathered questions that reflected those similar to what may be on the NJ ASK test.
Thursday, April 25, during the last two periods, all 7th graders were called to the cafeteria to participate in a NJ ASK game. Students were divided by homeroom and assigned to a station. At each station, students answered as many questions correctly as possible within the given time limit. For each correct response, the homeroom received a token. Groups rotated from station to station collecting as many tokens as possible. At the end, the homeroom with the most tokens won a bagel breakfast after the NJ ASK testing is over. Students really enjoyed the friendly competition and the ability to review the material as a grade level.
In the photo above, the winning homeroom poses for a picture with their homeroom teacher, Miss Molloy.
Students in Ms. Hamilton’s 8th grade Honors Language Arts classes at the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark took part in a test-making activity. Students split into small groups and used nonfiction articles as their sample reading passages. Each group was responsible for creating multiple choice tests to assess and challenge the reading comprehension of their peers. The students modeled their questions after specific types of questions that may be found on the NJ ASK (New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge), which was administered last week.
The questions tested the strategies of finding the main idea, recalling facts and details, understanding sequence of events, recognizing cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, making predictions, finding the word meaning in context, drawing conclusions, and identifying author’s purpose. After Ms. Hamilton’s students wrote and revised their tests for any errors, they exchanged tests with other groups in the class to challenge the reading comprehension of their peers.
Pictured above, Dariya Lizanets, Brittany Doerflein, Alexander Wilson, and Alyse Wilson collaborate to create their practice NJ ASK test as they put themselves in the positions of the test makers. (Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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