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FCAT for Families
Working Together
Helping your child achieve
better scores on the FCAT!
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FCAT
What is the FCAT 2.0?
FCAT=Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test
• The FCAT is a test given to Florida
students to determine what they know
and can do in reading, math, writing, and
science.
• The FCAT was developed by the state of
Florida and first administered in 1998.
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FCAT
When do students take the FCAT?
Grade
Reading
Math
Testing
Window
4/15-4/16
4/17-4/18
4th
FCAT
FCAT
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FCAT
Types of Text and How You Can Help
• Literary Texts-Fiction: read short
stories; poetry; historical fiction;
fables. Nonfiction: biographies;
diaries; journals; letters; essays.
• Informational Texts- historical
documents; letters; diaries; magazine
and newspaper articles; editorials.
Functional Materials: warranty
manuals; contracts; applications;
tables; charts; graphs; fliers;
schedules.
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Benchmarks
• Main Idea/Details
Author’s Purpose
Compare/Contrast
• Plot/Conflict/Resolution
• Cause/Effect
• Vocabulary
• Sequencing (Chronological Order)
• Reference and Research
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Questioning
Three kinds of questions:
• Lower Complexity: recall, observe or
represent basic facts. (right there)
• Moderate Complexity: involves two
steps: comprehension and subsequent
processing of text. (MI/cause & effect)
• Higher Complexity: abstract reasoning,
planning, analysis, synthesis, judgment
& creative thinking. (author’s purpose)
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Item 36 Context Clues
The sample item below is based on “Across the
Blue Mountains” on page G–8.
Read this sentence from the passage.
Miss Bilberry was so tired that she slept
all afternoon in her hammock, which
she strung between two swaying palms,
exactly as before.
What does the word strung mean in the
sentence above?
A. She hung the hammock up.
B. She sat in the hammock and rocked.
C. She made the hammock out of rope.
D. She lay down on the hammock and rested.
Sample Item 42 Multiple Meanings
The sample item below is based on “Learning to
Sing” on page G–11.
Read this sentence from the article.
Talented singers have the power to
affect us in many ways—emotionally,
physically, and mentally.
Which sentence uses the word power the
SAME way it is used in the sentence
above?
A. My teddy bear has the power to comfort me.
B. Our government has the power to make laws.
C. Our lights blinked off when our block lost power.
D. My friend did not have the power to finish the race.
Sample Item 66 Descriptive Language
The sample item below is based on “Across the
Blue Mountains” on page G–8.
Read this sentence from the passage.
He liked their quiet life in the pale yellow
house with its broad-leaved tree, its two
swaying palms, and its cool veranda.
What mood does the author create by using
the words swaying palms?
A. grateful
B. peaceful
C. sad
D. weary
READING
• Support your child’s reading interest by
providing a variety of reading materials.
• Support your child’s reading level by
helping her choose books that are
appropriate for her level.
• Have family reading time where everyone
reads. Read together and individually.
• Use sticky notes and sticky flags to write or
mark interesting or difficult words or
concepts in the text to talk about later.
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Before the Test
Make sure your child:
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Arrives at school on time.
Gets a good night’s sleep.
Eats a healthy breakfast.
Knows you care!
Make sure you:
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Encourage your child.
Keep a positive attitude.
Talk and listen to your child.
Provide time for relaxation and exercise.
Review test taking strategies with your child.
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WINNING AT HOME
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Start by making learning a priority.
Show interest in school work.
Support 100% attendance.
Look for everyday opportunities to have
frequent conversations and listen
attentively.
• Ask higher order questions at every
opportunity.
• READ, READ, READ!!!
• Make it FUN! FUN! FUN!!
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