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Stanford Success

Greetings Students!

Below is a list of things you need to know to score your best on the Stanford test. Review the list and reflect on it. Make sure you are ready. Please ask for help if you need it.


  1. What you already learned for the Math STAAR test
  2. Adding and subtracting fractions
  3. Multiplying fractions
  4. The dot symbol is a multiplication symbol

Reading and Language Arts

  1. All the strategies you learned for the Reading and Writing STAAR tests
  2. Know how to sound out the sounds in a  word in slow motion
  3. Know the 20 most common prefixes and suffixes (list provided in class)
  4. Know the most common Latin and Greek word roots (list provided in class)
  5. Determine the part of speech of a word in a sentence to help you better identify the meaning of a multiple-meaning word.

Social Studies

Social Studies – History

  1. How does knowledge generally change over time?
  2. How do individuals, groups, and institutions impact the world in which we live?
  3. How does technology change over time?
  4. How do societies change over time?

Social Studies – Geography

  1. Know how to use a map.
  2. Read political, physical, and special purpose maps.
  3. Know the difference between place and region.

Social Studies – Political Science

  1. Principles and symbols of our democracy
  2. Our system of government

Social Studies – Economics

  1. Know the difference between natural, human, and capital resources.
  2. Explain how trade happens between individuals, businesses, and countries.
  3. Explain the difference between profit and loss.
  4. Explain the difference between supply and demand.


Physical Science

  1. Motion of objects and their inertia
  2. Behavior of atoms during the different states of matter
  3. Heat flows from substances with high thermal energy to objects with less thermal energy
  4. Names of the processes between states of matter
  5. Clouds in the sky are examples of condensation, not evaporation
  6. A glass of water that becomes empty is an example of evaporation
  7. Light can be reflected or absorbed
  8. Electricity is related to the vibration and motion of electrons
  9. Iron can form a magnet when near a magnetic field
  10. A magnet can be made using electric current (electromagnet)
  11. A closed circuit allows the flow of electricity
  12. An open circuit does not allow the flow of electricity
  13. Identify the science behind different common tools and machines

Life Science

  1. Difference between organism and species
  2. Life cycle of common organisms (fish, frog, butterfly, flowering plant, bird, human, etc.)
  3. What organisms need to survive
  4. How energy moves in a food chain
  5. How to maintain optimal health

Earth Science

  1. Properties and origin of different types of rocks and soil
  2. Objects in the sky
  3. Changes in Earth and sky
  4. Earth resources
  5. How technology impacts life on earth and the use or over-use of resources

Nature of Science

  1. Difference between a scientific investigation/observation and an experiment
  2. Experimental process, from question/hypothesis, procedure, data collection and analysis, to conclusion
  3. Use of all laboratory measuring tools
  4. Organizing and analyzing data
  5. Difference between a scientific law and a theory
  6. Limits and advantages of science in society