Reflection: Pre-Tests Let's Learn to Observe - Section 6: Evaluate:


I love pre-assessing my students. This instructional tool allows me to gather key information about what my students know and are able to do before beginning an instructional unit. This allows me to provide the appropriate differentiation, pacing and make the appropriate decisions to meet my students instructional needs.

There are two main types of pre-assessment:

1. Formal
· Publisher-developed paper/pencil, software, or online formats
· Teacher-developed paper/pencil or online formats
· Journal prompts
· Written/constructed responses
· Structured observations
· Student demonstrations
· Student interviews
2. Informal
· Observations
· Conferring
· Directed questions
· Preassessment webs
· Walkabouts
· Knowledge bar graphs
· Check-in slips
· Visual organizers

In this lesson I chose to use a more formal preassessment. Through this assessment, I learned that most of my students are fairly comfortable with identifying what living things need to survive (food, water, air) however no one was able to answer questions 1, 2 or 4.  For question 2, I noticed that some of my students shared habitats that help an animal survive but did not talk about the animal's structures or functions.  This information will guide the instructional needs of my students.

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Let's Learn to Observe

Unit 4: Unit 4: Biomimicry
Lesson 1 of 17

Objective: SWBAT use observation skills to learn how to record written observations in their science journals.

Big Idea: We can observe and draw just like scientists! Let's learn how observe and write our observations using our 5 senses!

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Science, animal (Classification), observations, structure, function, animal
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