Reflection: Performance Tasks All About Plants - Section 1: Writing Our Books


The books are a way for me to assess student understanding of what plants are and how they grow. I am hoping that students know the parts of the plant, that plants need sunlight, soil and water to grow and that seeds can be spread in different ways. I also hope to see evidence that students understand that not all plants are alike in both their needs and their looks. 

I assess the books during writing by talking to students about what they have written, and also after students are done with their work. I collect the books before sending them home and look for how well students have explained their understandings. 

I use the assessment to determine what information about plants I might want to reteach to some or all of the students.

  Assessing Understanding
  Performance Tasks: Assessing Understanding
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All About Plants

Unit 6: How Does It Grow
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT create books detailing what they know about growing plants

Big Idea: Communicating understanding about a topic is an important part of demonstrating scientific understanding. Writing a book is one way to do this.

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Science, plants, sunlight, nature, dark
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