Reflection: Checks for Understanding Build a Paper Tower Challenge--(Part 5)--Improving Our Tower Designs - Section 6: Evaluation


To see if the children understood the main ideas of the lesson, I had them write in their science notebooks.  They had to answer the questions about what they did to improve their towers and then analyze if those improvements were successful.

When evaluating the children's papers, I was looking to see how they answered the questions.  In the first question, I wanted them to give some details to how they improved their towers.  They could not just say, "we improved it."  On the second question they needed to write something about how they knew their improvements were successful. Here is an example in which I think the child answered sufficiently.  In this example, in the second question, the child needed to explain how she knew that the improvements were successful.

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Build a Paper Tower Challenge--(Part 5)--Improving Our Tower Designs

Unit 5: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
Lesson 15 of 16

Objective: SWBAT make improvements on their tower designs according to the results of their testing.

Big Idea: We can make improvements on our tower designs by looking at the strengths and weaknesses in our testing and then analyze the results.

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