Reflection: Performance Tasks Demonstrating Our Knowledge of Plants-Assessment Activities - Section 3: Assessment Activity 2-Life Cycle of the Plant


For this unit, my students were asked to complete two different performance tasks to show their knowledge of plant structures and plant life cycles.  I ended up dividing this lesson into two days because the students took quite a bit of time to complete each task. 

These tasks were very rigorous.  It was much more challenging than a cut and past activity.  The students had to think about what materials best represented the plant structures at different point in plant development.  The conferencing with the students gave me a great deal of information as to what the students really knew about the plant structures and life cycle. 

The students were probably the most engaged in an assessment activity that I have ever seen.  They enjoyed putting their life cycles together and labeling the plants.   It was neat to see the thought that went into the creation of each assessment product.  Assessment activities sometimes become burdensome for both the student and the teacher.  They can be lengthy and drawn out for the student and overwhelming for the teacher to assess.  These activities have a nice balance and they motivate me to refine and improve my other science assessment tasks.

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Demonstrating Our Knowledge of Plants-Assessment Activities

Unit 7: Planting
Lesson 14 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to show what they know about plants and their needs by completing an assessment task.

Big Idea: The students have learned a great deal about plants during this unit. Now it is time for them to show what they know about plants during these two assessments.

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Science, Science Skills, plants, performance based assessment, plant
  45 minutes
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