Reflection: High Quality Task Cells: Wrap up - Section 7: Assessment 2


I find it difficult to create high quality tasks that are complex enough to show deep student thinking and concrete enough for students to be successful on.  This task involved making a cell model.  This in itself is a fairly low level task.  It is easy to simply cut out pieces of paper, glue them onto a piece of cardboard and call it a model.  At the same time this is a fun task to do because students like making the models and take pride in the cell museum we create.  I tried to extend the complexity of this assignment by having students EXPLAIN to me why they chose certain items to represent each organelle.  So, I gave the example of a candy cell and demonstrated my thinking on choosing twizzlers for the cytoskeleton because they are providing the support for the cell.

My mistake in this assignment and what I found the kids did is they just decided to represent it "literally" rather than "metaphorically"  Instead of setting up a theme and coming up with metaphors for each organelle, the kids simply drew or cut out the organelles.  This was not what I had in mind!  

The next time I do this assignment, I'm going to force the students to pick a theme like "toy cell" or "candy cell" or "trash cell" and check off on their choices before turning them loose to work.  

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Cells: Wrap up

Unit 3: Life is Organized: Cells
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to show an understanding of the structures and functions of the cells and the types of cells.

Big Idea: The inside of a cell is as complex as the inside of the body.

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