Multiple Sources for MAP

The countdown is on… we are just one week away from the beginning of MAP.

MAP is an assessment designed to measure growth over time, so options for MAP-specific practice are limited.

This week, we will be doing some goal setting and will be formulating plans for showing growth in each subject.

  • Prepdog
    • This site has a set of MAP-like questions in each subject area, organized from basic to advanced.
  • Khan Academy
    • Khan Academy also has an option to enter previous MAP scores, and it will provide practice items.

The BEST way to prepare for the MAP test, though, is to remember to:

  • take your time.
  • read the questions carefully.
  • use the clues available.
  • apply scholarly skills and strategies learned throughout the year.
  • choose answers that you can justify with evidence from the questions or your work on paper.

Equally important:

  • relax.
  • embrace the MAP assessment as an opportunity to learn.
  • celebrate growth.
  • identify areas for continued growth.

Finally… don’t forget to:

  • celebrate struggle.
    • Remember… if the questions are getting more and more challenging… that’s a GOOD thing!

Grit, patience, and perseverance are keys to success.


Earth Day Extraordinaire!

Earth Day was extraordinary! This morning, students came to school ready to rally round the ideas of reducing, reusing, recycling. With only 15 minutes to prepare, everyone sprang into action to finalize the last-minute details.


At 8:20 a.m., after students from third and fifth grade settled into our space, our first group got our attention with a powerful and provocative Google Slides presentation.

Once they had everyone’s attention, the team introduced their “treasure” hunt. Equipped with two baskets, groups rummaged ’round the room for rubbish, which they were required to sort into trash or recyclables. Each items was assigned a certain number of points, which added a strategic element to the search.

After adding up their points, teams dispersed to explore other activities which included a variety of games, videos, an outdoor scavenger hunt, up-cycled creative constructions, and an examination of live lettuce. The variety of activities providing an opportunity for everyone to explore and learn.


This afternoon, we took time to tie our Earth Day endeavor to our central idea. Reflection, a critical part of the process, allowed us to consider the following key components – concepts, clarity, cohesiveness, and creativity. Tomorrow, we will revisit our work and reflect again through the lens of STRUCTURE.





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