Reflection: Checks for Understanding Salmon Life Cycle - Section 3: Closing


To assess student understanding of the salmon life cycle, I ask them to create a model of this life cycle. I find that students are most familiar with a circular model of the life cycle since they have seen this model in previous science units. 

I consider a student as meeting our learning target if their model includes the names of all six salmon life cycle stages, an indicator of the order of each life cycle stage, and a picture or description of each stage. If a student's model does not include these features, they have not demonstrated the level of understanding required to complete future lessons. In this case, I reteach those students in a small group setting. 

  Life Cycle Drawings for Formative Assessment
  Checks for Understanding: Life Cycle Drawings for Formative Assessment
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Salmon Life Cycle

Unit 8: Salmon
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify and describe the stages of the salmon life cycle.

Big Idea: A salmon's life cycle includes the following stages: egg, alevin, fry, smolt, adult, and spawner.

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Science, Biology / Life Science, life cycle, Salmon
  40 minutes
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