Reflection: Checks for Understanding Comparing Canada and Reds - Section 5: Evaluate


This evaluation is two-fold as it assesses learning and use of a different type of diagram. The lessons I have taught up until this point used diagrams that the kids label. They are quite accustomed to that type of diagram, but they need to see that their are other types of diagrams as well.

This diagram, that compares the two types of worms, is similar to a t-chart, branch map or tree map. It has one type of worm on each side and the kids list the characteristics of each worm in direct comparison. This allows them to think about each worm individually at the same time as comparing and contrasting them.

Having the kids complete this diagram showed me two things:

  1. Can they list the characteristics of individual species?
  2. Can they use the diagram to compare and contrast the two different species of worms?

As I roam around the room and ask individual students questions that can only be answered with use of the diagram, I find that my kids are capable of using the diagram to compare the two worms. They point to the lines under each worm as they explain to me the likenesses and differences between the animals. When I encounter a student who struggles, I demonstrate how to do it and then ask another question so they can show me how to use the diagram as evidence.

  A different kind of diagram
  Checks for Understanding: A different kind of diagram
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Comparing Canada and Reds

Unit 4: What's with the wiggling?
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT compare red worms with Canadian Nightcrawlers by observing them side by side.

Big Idea: Young children don't realize that there are a variety of worms in the world. This lesson gives them a sneak peak.

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Science, Science Skills, compare-and-contrast, diagram, inquiry, experiment, worm
  40 minutes
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