Reflection: Checks for Understanding Lets Sink it! - Section 4: Evaluate


Sometimes as teachers we make checking for understanding so much more difficult than it needs to be. I used to wait until the end of a teaching unit and find that half my kids missed much of the learning, which left me rushing to fill in the gaps.

One thing I've learned over the years is to have the kids keep a learning journal in almost every subject matter. The journals allow me to make quick checks on progress and learning. When I see students recording misinformation, I simply call them together into a small group and reteach or clarify what they misunderstand. It's quick, simple and immediate and everyone is successful.

In this lesson, my goal for the evaluation and quick check was to have the kids use evidence from the exploration to support their claims. Most of the kids did very well without any assistance at all. A few needed some simple prompting and coaching by me asking guiding questions like - What did you see and what did you learn from it? This can definitely be done in all subject areas and kids won't have gaps or be lagging behind when done daily.

  Evidence in science journals
  Checks for Understanding: Evidence in science journals
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Lets Sink it!

Unit 5: What WOOD you do?
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT explain how adding weight to wood causes it to sink by attaching paper clips to a wood block and submerging it in water.

Big Idea: Kids will learn that a floating object can be caused to sink by adding weight to it.

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