Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Wild Water Slide: Engineering and Experimental Design (Part 3/3) - Section 2: Evaluate


Whenever I plan an activity for science instruction, I think about how I will assess student understanding of the learning objectives. An important part of the assessment planning is to  provide students with multiple opportunities for assessment and providing variety within these opportunities.

Sometimes, I get stuck in the more traditional forms of assessment that are hallmarks of traditional science instruction: conclusion questions and lab reports are two types of assessments that come to mind. While having a record of student thought is a very important part of science instruction, I have been stretching myself to develop alternative forms of assessment to engage students in a more authentic way and through a variety of modalities.

As part of this assessment yoga, I came across this Revised Bloom's Taxonomy. I love the layout and assessment ideas. In the Wild Water Slide Investigation, I wanted students to analyze data - so according to this chart, I could ask them to advertise as an analysis activity (hence the advertisement as their final product) and compare their hypothesis with their data resulting in an essay argument being the final product.

  Multiple Assessment Methods
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Multiple Assessment Methods
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Wild Water Slide: Engineering and Experimental Design (Part 3/3)

Unit 5: Forces and Motion
Lesson 12 of 18

Objective: SWBAT plan and carry out an engineering and experimental investigation about speed using science and engineering practices.

Big Idea: Welcome to the water park! Create a wild water slide and use it to conduct an experiment to answer questions about speed.

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