Reflection: Backwards Planning Review and Assessment of 2D and 3D shapes - Section 4: Assessment

When I sit down to plan a unit, the first thing I do is write the unit assessment. I start with the assessment since I use the questions on the assessment to plan meaningful  and rigorous lessons.  As I plan the unit's lessons, I go back to these questions and make sure that I am setting my students up for maximum success on the assessment. If an assessment is rigorous and aligned to the Common Core standards it can serve as a clear barometer of students understanding of the material.

I create my assessments by starting with the Common Core standards and then looking at question samples from PARCC tests.  As I look at the Common Core standards I reflect on the key skills and knowledge students need and use this to create question types that reflect the skills I believe students need to be successful on the standard. I try to focus on questions that encourage my students to explain their thinking in meaningful ways and multistep problems that force my students to use their problem solving skills.

After writing an assessment, I generally give it to a colleague or two to get feedback.  Since my assessments are so important in planning my lessons,  I rely on this feedback to make sure that the assessment is rigorous, aligned, and asks students meaningful questions.

Making meaningful assessments
Backwards Planning: Making meaningful assessments

Review and Assessment of 2D and 3D shapes

Unit 8: Shapes (2D and 3D)
Lesson 5 of 5

Big Idea: Students review the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes before completing an assessment on 2D and 3D shapes.

Print Lesson
7 teachers like this lesson
Standards:
Subject(s):
Math, Geometry, review, assessment, Gallery Walk, shapes
55 minutes

Caitlin Vaughan

Similar Lessons

Looking At Three Dimensional Shapes
1st Grade Math » Shapes, Blocks, and Attributes
Big Idea: Today your students will be introduced to 3-D shapes and investigate their defining attributes. The class will also play a game where they use their sense of touch to determine a hidden block.
Favorites(10)
Resources(14)
Waitsfield, VT
Environment: Suburban

Identifying 2D Shapes
Big Idea: The Common Core standard is that students will be able to recognize shapes based on attributes such as the number of angles, faces and vertexes.
Favorites(9)
Resources(11)
York, ME
Environment: Suburban