Do they get it? No, they don't. Will they get it? Yes, they will!

Updated: May 3, 2019

Short answers ... they seem so easy ... what is there not to understand ... WHY DO THEY STRUGGLE SO MUCH ?!?!?!? 馃槫馃槶馃

So my 5th graders had a progress check recently. All's good except for those freaking short answers. I honestly don't understand why it's such a problem for my kids to understand the logic behind short answers. But the fact of the matter is they don't and I have to do something about it.

You know I have my velcro cards. I love them, but some kids still can't transfer what they do with velcro onto a piece of paper. So I had a chat with every single student who still doesn't understand short answers and they reluctatntly agreed to being smothered with handouts next week 馃槅

So I have spent 2 hours today creating those handouts. There are 10 different versions of the same set of questions. Each set is 14 pages long, including the same "title" page for each of them.

What comes after that are 140 pages of questions with 'be', 'have got', 'can', 'there is/are'. Sometimes they're all colour coded, sometimes black and white; sometimes apostrophes are provided, sometimes they're not; sometimes it's consistently 'yes', then 'no' answers, sometimes it's a mix. You get the point, right? Whatever the problem is, I have a handout for it! 馃挭馃徎馃挭馃徎馃挭馃徎