Before I gave the assessment, I wanted to begin with a more holistic summary, so I gave them back their Concept Maps. I had them work with their original partners, and told them to use a red pen so they could see all the new connections they added.
I had them turn in their concept maps, and get into test taking position. I encouraged them to use their science notebooks as much as possible during the test. I feel that using resources to locate information is a more important goal for my students than memorizing vocabulary words. I included the valley photographs and fossil records to provide students an opportunity to apply their interpretation skills we had practiced throughout the unit.