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Monday, June 01, 2009


Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Another year of homeschooling came to a close on Friday. This year was decidedly different because I had two kids at home, and that took some big adjustments on my part. We fell behind with our curriculum as I climbed a steep learning curve during those first few months. Or would that be teaching curve?

Thankfully, some time around January, I began to find a rhythm to the school day and became quite adept at switching from 5th grade to 2nd grade, or finding a middle ground from which to teach similar subjects to them both.

But because the first part of the year was so, ummm, leisurely, I was scrambling in the latter months to catch up so I wouldn't have to sacrifice part of my kids' carefree summer.

It worked. We made it. My son is moving on to sixth grade, while my daughter is moving on to third grade. Actually, considering their recent State of Idaho Standards Achievement Testing, they should probably both be moving up several grades higher than that. Sorry, public schoolers, my kids blew the curve for you again.

Last year, we celebrated the end of school with a little quiz. I put together an assortment of 100 questions from my son's lessons and created a 4th Grade Super Test.

I wanted to do it again this year, but kind of put it off until the last minute. The last minute being Thursday, around midnight. I knew I couldn't postpone it since Friday was our last day, and my son was looking forward to the challenge. So I harkened back to my college days and pulled an all-nighter.

On a positive note, I saw my first sunrise in ten years! Very cool.

Anyway, my goal was to test his memory. Completely. Which means no multiple choice questions. It's all fill-in-the-blank. No hints. And no review!

Subjects covered are math, science, history, geography, literature, art, social sciences, grammar, and Spanish.

Two sample questions:

What four elements make up most organic compounds?

What do you call a prepositional phrase that modifies a noun or pronoun?

What's that? You say you'd like to take the test yourself? See if you're smarter than a 5th grader?

Here you go:

Idaho Dad's 5th Grade Super Test Printable PDF

It took my son about an hour to complete, and he answered 88 questions correctly.

If you take the test, I'll be interested in how you do. Have fun with it!

Here are the answers (no peeking beforehand):

Idaho Dad's 5th Grade Super Test ANSWERS Printable PDF



Blogger Idaho Dad said...

And, yes, I also did a 2nd Grade Super Test for my daughter. I'll post that one next week.

2:24 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

I did not take the test yet, I won't peak either cause I love quizzes.
Just for now wanted to say Big Congratulations to your students for achieving such great standards!!
Congrats too to their teacher.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

OK--I skimmed the test and I can assure you....I'll be repeating the 5th grade!

Congrats to both of your kids.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous shadeslayer said...

I scored a 60.71 if you allow partial credit for multiple answer questions. In the high school grading system , I would have a D minus. Good job M.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Dana said...

Congratulations! Love it when kids demand a challenge!

10:12 PM  
OpenID underthebigbluesky said...

I admire you so much for homeschooling. I wish it were something I could do.

As much as I would love to beat myself up with the quiz, I don't think my ego could stand it, I had to google "polygon" the other day because I couldn't remember what it was, duh.

One thing I hate about public school (one thing?) is having to work so hard to keep up with "the way" the girls are supposed to learn things. i hate that they teach there is only one correct way to reach a solution.

Hope teacher and students enjoy their summer.

5:51 PM  
Blogger James (SeattleDad) said...

Perhaps I'm not smarter than a 5th grader, but smart enough not to take the test and prove it.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Idaho Dad said...

One of the fun things about homeschooling is that I get to re-learn so many forgotten facts and concepts from my old school days.

Maybe it will keep Alzheimer's at bay. :)

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Phil,
Long time no type.

I can't let your "dig" at public schools go unanswered.

My third grade class math ISATS.

65% adavanced
35% proficient
0% basic
0% below basic

OKAY, maybe I just wanted to brag a little too!


3:25 PM  
Blogger Idaho Dad said...

Hey Arpie,

Since I know you're one of the best teachers around, I'd expect nothing less from your kids than the highest marks! You're right, nothing wrong with bragging. I don't do it very often. And believe me, not everything my kids do is worth bragging about.

7:01 PM  

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