Reflection: Performance Tasks Presenting the Patterns: Sharing our Products - Section 1: Instructional Notes


Teachers have many options when it comes to providing unit assessments.  I like preassessments because they inform my instruction throughout a unit.  However, I prefer performance-based assessments in science at the end of a unit.  I find that my lower ability readers/writers and students with attention difficulties tend to struggle with paper tasks, even when the problems are read aloud and presented in chunks.  

For this unit, the standard was:

1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

The performance task of an informational poster meets this standard, as it requires students to describe the pattern through writing and drawing.

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Presenting the Patterns: Sharing our Products

Unit 3: Space: Patterns in the Sky
Lesson 16 of 16

Objective: SWBAT describe a pattern in the sky.

Big Idea: Presenting... patterns in the sky! Students create a digital product and share their work with one another.

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