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    Exam Questions for Year Four, Term One

    November 13, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    Can you believe it’s exam time already? I certainly can’t! In the middle of the term, my Year Four student got a little overwhelmed by all I had planned for him, so I added a week, and spread out what he had left. Even though I did this, we still ended up getting an entire week off for Thanksgiving {well, there will be field trips, but not much formality}. Hallelujah!

    Most of you know that our exam week consists of two parts. During the day, I give written examinations. {Mason’s exams were still oral at this age, I believe, but my oldest is a strong writer, and I take advantage of that.} One evening during Exam Week, we have an Exam Night. The grandparents come over, we have dinner and dessert, and each adult in the room has a question or two to ask. This year, before the exam, there will also be a little “recital” where most of the term’s memory work is recited or performed. I’ll include that in my details below.

    As an aside, I do not examine my Year One students. I haven’t had one yet that I think would handle it well. I am introducing the “recital” this year as a means of easing my younger students into the idea of an exam night.

    Written Exam Questions

    1. In your own words, tell about your favorite event or person from your Bible reading this term. {Bible}
    2. Tell what you know about gold. {Natural History/Science}
    3. Describe from memory your favorite painting by Jan Vermeer. {Picture Study}
    4. How does a glen come to be? What makes it so? {Natural History/Science}
    5. Tell a story about one of the gods in Age of Fable. {World History}
    6. Tell about when Goffe and Whalley fled to America. Where and how did they hide? {US History}
    7. Write The Caterpillar from memory in cursive. {Cursive/Poetry Memorization}
    8. Describe your favorite scene or character from a Shakespeare play you read this term. {Literature}

    I do not test on math during exam week, but I am requiring him to finish up the chapter he has been working on.

    Evening Recital

    1. The Caterpillar {little girls only}
    2. A Mighty Fortress is Our God {hymn}
    3. The Parable of the Mustard Seed
    4. O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing {hymn}
    5. Psalm 1
    6. The Ash Grove {folk song}

    Evening Oral Exam

    1. Tell us a bit about Ben Franklin’s life as a boy. {US History}
    2. Tell a story about Poplicola. {Citizenship/Government}
    3. Tell us about one of the Judges of Israel. {Bible}
    4. Recite Bilbo’s Walking Song. {Poetry}
    5. How is silk made? {Natural History/Science}
    6. Tell us about the life of John Bunyan. {Church History}
    7. Who was Puck and what mistake did he make? {Literature}
    8. Tell us about five things Robinson Crusoe did in order to survive on the island. {Literature}

    If you post an exam on your blog, link it in the comments; I’d love to read it!

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  • Reply Pam... November 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Awesome Brandy.

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts November 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    My 4-almost-5yo is reciting, too, and for the same reason! As long as they are completely enjoying it, I {personally} don’t see a reason to say no. 🙂

  • Reply sara November 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I’m having my almost-seven-year-old do a recital in lieu of an exam because I don’t think he’d handle a formal exam well. Thanks for validating! 😉

    I’m pretty sure my four-year-old is going to want to get in on the act by reciting or singing something. He’s been there for every one of our “together time” (circle time to everyone else) and likes to be included. I hope I’m not ruining him.

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