Reflection: Real World Applications Bug Buddies Assessment- It's Showtime! - Section 3: Assessment


This assessment piece was really fun.  The combination of choice and creativity made this project a rich assessment opportunity.  By creating and isopod model of their own design, the students were able to apply what they had learned over the course of the two lessons- things like overlapping plates and leg pairs- to create something that was totally theirs.  You really can’t underestimate the value of ownership when you measure the long-term retention of Science material.  While it is easy to create a worksheet to label animal structure, extending into a project like this meant the students had to really consider and process the individual elements in ways that made sense from the naturalist perspective.  Basically, they couldn’t just throw things together and call it an isopod.  Why?  First reason is that I would call them on it!   Second, the other students would mention if something were missing.  But last, and most important, the students themselves learned to think through the isopod structure and hesitated to shortchange an animal anything that could affect its quality of life.  That, in and of itself, showed that learning about animals really could increase respect the balance of nature.

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Bug Buddies Assessment- It's Showtime!

Unit 4: Bug Buddies
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: Students will create a model that shows appropriate structure of an isopod.

Big Idea: What parts of an isopod are unique to the species?

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Science, Science Skills, performance based assessment, compare and contrast, Isopods, bug
  35 minutes
isopod with hat
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