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Full-length CogAT® Form 7, Level 5/6 (Kindergarten) practice is here!

We are currently offering a digital version of our CogAT practice test only to website subscribers. Our new test features:

  • 118 full-color questions formatted like the actual test
  • three batteries (verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal) divided into nine sessions, just like the actual test
  • an answer key with an explanation for each question so you can help your students understand WHY each answer choice is correct or incorrect
  • a page for students to practice filling in answer bubbles.
The CogAT® (Cognitive Abilities Test®) is typically the first test a student must take to be accepted into a gifted and talented program. The level 5/6 test is typically given at some point during the Kindergarten year. The level indicates the age of the student being tested. The test was designed to measure learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school – verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. The test will provide the student’s school with an indication of how the student will perform in a gifted and talented program.

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Featured Worksheet

Halloween is over, and now it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! Here's a fun worksheet for your little turkeys. The kids will find pairs of identical turkeys in Turkey Twins.


Featured Activity: Feather Patterns


Materials Needed: 
-feather print-outs

What to do:
  1. Print out several pages of the feathers in the print out.
  2. Arrange the colored feathers into a pattern.
  3. Have the students complete the pattern.
Some examples of patterns you could make are:
red-yellow-red-yellow
red-red-yellow-yellow-red-red
red-white-yellow-red-white-yellow
...and many more.
For extra fun, have the students create their own patterns.
Art Project: Corn Kernel Napkin Rings

Materials Needed:
-empty toilet paper/paper towel roll
-popcorn kernels
-glue
-scissors

What to do:
  1. Cut your empty roll into 1-inch wide rings.
  2. Glue the kernels all around the outside of each ring.
  3. Let it dry.
  4. Use with your napkins anytime during fall for a festive meal.
  
*Note: this activity may be inappropriate for children under 3 years old or kids who like to put things in their mouth because the kernels could be a choking hazard.
Short Story: The First Thanksgiving
 

The Pilgrims sailed on a boat called the Mayflower. They arrived at Plymouth Rock.

They became new friends with the Native Americans who lived there. The Pilgrims were hungry after their long trip. The Native Americans shared their corn and turkey with the Pilgrims. This was the first Thanksgiving dinner.

Read the story together, then talk about how your family celebrates Thanksgiving.

Are there any new vocabulary words for your child?

Have your child draw a picture of something from the story.

Look for Plymouth Rock on a map. (Hint: it's in Massachusetts by Cape Cod.)
Your Photos and Feedback
First photo: planting some herbs to learn about how plants grow
Second photo: putting together the pictures from the story "Five Little Pumpkins"

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