Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Show Me What You Know About Fossils - Section 2: The Assessment Begins!


My colleague designed this exam for fossils a few years ago. As we plan together to improve upon our work, she redesigned the test to include the standard, much like the math test examples I designed from the year before. We both agree that inclusion of the standard helps both parents and students understand exactly what we are mastering. As the two of us confer, we both think that we will step up the assessment again with other ways to show change over time. As we transition into NGSS, we continually look for ways to meet the standard with levels of rigor that help it be thoroughly mastered. My goal is to give students more choice in their learning. I did this by allowing them to choose the fossils they will write about. I think this is a great way to differentiate, give choice and student ownership to the exam.

  Adjustments to Practice: Stepping Up the Test Design
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Show Me What You Know About Fossils

Unit 2: Fossils
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT write a summative assessment that demonstrates knowledge about fossils and how rock layers show change over time.

Big Idea: This final written assessment has been redesigned to fit NGSS allowing students to choose what they are writing about as they demonstrate mastery of the standards.

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Science, written assessment, Drawing to show knowledge, technology integration, written assessments
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using the mind
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