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1 RUBIESRUBIESRUBIESRUBIES RUBIES is a test-taking strategy based on critical thinking skills for the Science TAKS test. RUBIES is a test-taking strategy based on critical thinking skills for the Science TAKS test.

2 RUBIESRUBIESRUBIESRUBIES The letters in RUBIES stand for the following steps: The letters in RUBIES stand for the following steps: R - Read and reread everything. R - Read and reread everything.Read and reread everything.Read and reread everything. U - Underline the question. U - Underline the question.Underline the question.Underline the question. B - Bracket the key words. B - Bracket the key words.Bracket the key words.Bracket the key words. I - Identify the key concept or pattern. I - Identify the key concept or pattern.Identify the key concept or pattern.Identify the key concept or pattern. E - Eliminate the wrong answers. E - Eliminate the wrong answers.Eliminate the wrong answers.Eliminate the wrong answers. S - Select the best answer. S - Select the best answer.Select the best answer.Select the best answer.

3 Step 1: Read and Reread EVERYTHING You may like to write down the word RUBIES next to each question as you go through each step. You may like to write down the word RUBIES next to each question as you go through each step. Place a small checkmark next to each part of the problem as you read it. Place a small checkmark next to each part of the problem as you read it. Remember that the main idea in this step is to collect as much information as possible. Remember that the main idea in this step is to collect as much information as possible.

4 R List A List B List A List B Glass beakerCopper wire Wooden spoonSteel bolt Plastic cupNickel-plated fork Rubber band  Iron wrench  Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an experiment at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best label for the objects in List B?  Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an experiment at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best label for the objects in List B?  A. Magnetic objects B. Hard objects C. Electrical Conductors D. Thermal Insulators D. Thermal Insulators

5 Step 2 Underline the Question Remember that the main idea of this step (along with "Bracket the Key Words") is to help students organize the information in the problem. Remember that the main idea of this step (along with "Bracket the Key Words") is to help students organize the information in the problem. You need to make sure that you understand the question. You need to make sure that you understand the question. Underlining the question helps you to focus on it and find it quickly when you refer back to it. Underlining the question helps you to focus on it and find it quickly when you refer back to it. You must take the time and effort to go back and ensure your understanding of the question. You must take the time and effort to go back and ensure your understanding of the question.

6 RURURURU List A List B List A List B Glass beakerCopper wire Wooden spoonSteel bolt Plastic cupNickel-plated fork Rubber bandIron wrench Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an experiment at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best label for the objects in List B?  Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an experiment at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best label for the objects in List B?  A. Magnetic objects B. Hard objects C. Electrical Conductors D. Thermal Insulators  D. Thermal Insulators 

7 Step 3 Bracket the Key Words Remember, the main idea of this step is to help the student organize the information and focus their attention on key words or concepts in the problem. Remember, the main idea of this step is to help the student organize the information and focus their attention on key words or concepts in the problem. You should place brackets around... You should place brackets around... oall science vocabulary words oany words whose meaning you don't know oany words giving specialized directions.

8 RUBRUBRUBRUB List A List B  List A List B  [Glass] beaker[Copper] wire [Wooden] spoon[Steel] bolt [Plastic] cup [Nickel-plated] fork [Rubber] band[Iron] wrench Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  A. Magnetic objects B. Hard objects C. Electrical Conductors D. Thermal Insulators  D. Thermal Insulators 

9 Step 4 Identify the Key Concept or Pattern Remember that the main idea of this step is to analyze the information in the question. Here is where the hard work begins. Remember that the main idea of this step is to analyze the information in the question. Here is where the hard work begins. You must examine the key words, graphs, pictures, etc. to find an organizing idea or pattern behind the question. You must examine the key words, graphs, pictures, etc. to find an organizing idea or pattern behind the question.

10 RUBIRUBIRUBIRUBI List A List B  List A List B  [Glass] beaker[Copper] wire [Wooden] spoon[Steel] bolt [Plastic] cup [Nickel-plated] fork [Rubber] band[Iron] wrench Non-metal objectsMetal objects InsulatorsConductors Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  A. Magnetic objects B. Hard objects C. Electrical Conductors D. Thermal Insulators  D. Thermal Insulators 

11 Step 5 Eliminate the Wrong Answers Remember that the main idea of this step is to test the answer choices and eliminate the ones that CANNOT be true. Remember that the main idea of this step is to test the answer choices and eliminate the ones that CANNOT be true. You should focus on eliminating answers with facts and logic. You should focus on eliminating answers with facts and logic. An answer choice should not be eliminated just because you don’t think it is likely. An answer choice should not be eliminated just because you don’t think it is likely.

12 RUBIERUBIERUBIERUBIE List A List B  List A List B  [Glass] beaker[Copper] wire [Wooden] spoon[Steel] bolt [Plastic] cup [Nickel-plated] fork [Rubber] band[Iron] wrench Non-metal objectsMetal objects InsulatorsConductors Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  X Magnetic objects Copper is NOT magnetic B. Hard objects C. Electrical Conductors X Thermal Insulators Metal CONDUCTS heat

13 Step 6 Select the Best Answer Remember that the main idea of this step is to evaluate the remaining answer choices. Remember that the main idea of this step is to evaluate the remaining answer choices. Often two or three answer choices could possibly be correct, but one is always much better than the others. Explain why. Often two or three answer choices could possibly be correct, but one is always much better than the others. Explain why.

14 RUBIESRUBIESRUBIESRUBIES List A List B  List A List B  [Glass] beaker[Copper] wire [Wooden] spoon[Steel] bolt [Plastic] cup [Nickel-plated] fork [Rubber] band[Iron] wrench Non-metal objectsMetal objects InsulatorsConductors Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  Marcus and Anne were going through some things in their attic to use in an [experiment] at school. As they sorted through the objects that they found they put them into two boxes. What would be the best [label] for the objects in [List B]?  X Magnetic objects Copper is NOT magnetic X Magnetic objects Copper is NOT magnetic X Hard objects Glass could be harder than copper X Hard objects Glass could be harder than copper C. Electrical Conductors ALL metals conduct electricity C. Electrical Conductors ALL metals conduct electricity X Thermal Insulators Metal CONDUCTS heat X Thermal Insulators Metal CONDUCTS heat

15 RUBIESRUBIESRUBIESRUBIES The letters in RUBIES stand for the following steps: The letters in RUBIES stand for the following steps: R - Read and reread everything. R - Read and reread everything.Read and reread everything.Read and reread everything. U - Underline the question. U - Underline the question.Underline the question.Underline the question. B - Bracket the key words. B - Bracket the key words.Bracket the key words.Bracket the key words. I - Identify the key concept or pattern. I - Identify the key concept or pattern.Identify the key concept or pattern.Identify the key concept or pattern. E - Eliminate the wrong answers. E - Eliminate the wrong answers.Eliminate the wrong answers.Eliminate the wrong answers. S - Select the best answer. S - Select the best answer.Select the best answer.Select the best answer.

16 What do the letters in RUBIES stand for the following steps? R - ______ and ______ everything. R - ______ and ______ everything.______ and ______ everything.______ and ______ everything. U - ________ the question. U - ________ the question.________ the question.________ the question. B - ________ the key words. B - ________ the key words.________ the key words.________ the key words. I - ________ the key concept or pattern. I - ________ the key concept or pattern.________ the key concept or pattern.________ the key concept or pattern. E - ________ the wrong answers. E - ________ the wrong answers.________ the wrong answers.________ the wrong answers. S - ________ the best answer. S - ________ the best answer.________ the best answer.________ the best answer.


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