Unit 3 covers a variety of Common Core standards that are all closely related. The main focus areas of this unit were on showing student’s understanding of the place value system(5.NBT.A) and performing operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths(5.NBT.B).
Students were taught how to understand the place value system(5.NBT.A) by focusing on standards 1-4.
Students were taught how to perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths(5.NBT.B) by focusing on standards 5-7.
Student performance on assessments is something that truly drives my instruction. After completing an assessment I am always intrigued as to how the students fared on their own completing problems.
I think assessment results are comparable to that first time a parent leaves their kids home alone. By leaving a child at home you are requiring that they think through the situations that may arise on their own. They have to be independent in the actions and thoughts. If a trouble were to arise you as a parent would hope that all the training and upbringing would factor in to the child’s response. For example, the child becomes hungry and wants to make something for dinner using the microwave. The parent entrusts the child to do this on their own because they have been taught and have practiced how to do it. They can handle deciding what to eat, how much to eat, and how to cook it. And when the parent returns they expect the child to have eaten, cleaned up their mess, and not blown the house up. So, I equate giving a student an assessment to this type of parent-child relationship. As the teacher you hope that your student remembers how to use the proverbial microwave of double-digit division.