Reflection: Predictions: The skill of thinking "why?" - Section 3: Evaluate


I like to use these types of formative assessments to help me gather information about my students thinking.  This assessment comes from the book Science Formative Assessment book by Page Keeley. It is one of my favorite books to use.  

This assessment falls under the category of P-E-O Probes (Predict, Explain, Observe). These probes offer students a scenario where they must make a prediction and explain their thinking based on observations.  It allows the teacher a glimpse into their thinking and offers a dipstick into any misconceptions or appropriate understandings a student may have.  

I had hopes of having my student write out their answers on this probe, unfortunately, two interruptions in my science lesson due to calls from the head office put a bit of an adjustment in my planning. I was suddenly short on time and opted to have group conversations to allow the students the same chance to practice making the predictions.  The change came in the form of conversation and dialogue rather than written form.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not a bad thing. The children did a great job having conversations about the photo and could articulate their thinking well.  As evidenced in the video. 

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Predictions: The skill of thinking "why?"

Unit 1: Inquiry in Science
Lesson 10 of 14

Objective: SWBAT verbalize simple predictions about objects in the world.

Big Idea: All good questions begin with why? Leading to "I wonder if...?" Predictions help children to think about how to create guiding questions to their explorations.

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