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Mrs. Haase

The Tortoise and the Hare STAAR Test Lesson

Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Subjects: English Language Arts

Student Instructions

First, we will watch "The Tortoise and the Hare." Before we start, think about what you already know about a rabbit and a turtle. Who is the logical guess as to the winner of a race between these two animals? Most people not familiar with this story would guess the obvious answer is the rabbit will win because rabbits are fast and turtles are known for being slow. HOWEVER, those of you who do know this story are aware that the turtle (tortoise) actually wins. Pay close attention as to what led to the tortoise's success and also the hare's failure. DIRECTIONS: 1. Fill in the T-chart on page 1 with all of the things you noticed attributed to tortoise's victory and hare's defeat. Please include AT LEAST three observations per column. 2. The story of The Tortoise and the Hare is a fable because it includes talking animals in a made-up story that teaches us a moral, or lesson. What did you learn from these characters about the right and wrong way to do something (specifically take a test)? 3. Next, think about how tortoise would approach taking a test and how the hare would approach taking a test. Then on page 2, label write out your recipe for success. What are some of the strategies you've learned are helpful to you when reading a passage and answering questions? What about some strategies you learned from tortoise on what TO DO and from hare on what NOT to do? 4. Read over your answers making sure they make sense. When you are happy with your work, press the check to submit.