Reflection: Performance Tasks Severe Weather Assessment- Separate and Equal! - Section 3: Assessment


As I write more and more lessons, I'm realizing an important element.  It's not just about the material we teach.  It's also about lesson and assessment designs that teach a scientific way of thinking.  In this lesson, I began to introduce the phrase "Think Like a Scientist".  It teaches the value of a new perspective.  When we discuss subjects like weather, it's very easy to get caught up in the trap of 'facts only'.  When I added an assessment design that included both an equation and explanation, I made it into a performance task, something that- like with scientists- creates a whole out of parts.  They were expected to analyze separate weather elements, combine them in specific combinations, and explain the choices.  Each of these steps is important to the task because mistakes will provide a very different result.  The beauty of performance tasks like this is that mistakes are a learning opportunity in and of themselves.  The combination of all these things makes scientists out of our students by helping them own both the process and product.  Each step provides it's own learning opportunity that adds to the bank of knowledge for everyone.   

  A Change of Perspective
  Performance Tasks: A Change of Perspective
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Severe Weather Assessment- Separate and Equal!

Unit 7: Severe Weather-Wonderful Wizard
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: Students will describe 4 main types of weather by creating a diagram.

Big Idea: How can weather parts be the same yet so different?

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Science, Science Skills, Weather and Atmospheric Science, thunderstorms, performance based assessment, lightning, storm
  30 minutes
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