Reflection: Performance Tasks Modeling Life Cycles 3D - Section 5: Evaluate


Are group performance tasks appropriate as an evaluation tool in kindergarten? Absolutely!

Since my class is made up of so many diverse learning levels and skills, I sometimes choose to use group performance tasks as an evaluation tool. I do this because it provides my developmentally delayed kids, my speech kids and my resource kids the support they need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a topic. The key is to always include a individual accountability piece. 

In this lesson, the kids work as a team to design, create and present 3D models of a randomly assigned life cycle that was studied earlier in the year. This means the kids already had a complete lesson on the life cycle they are to build and have the knowledge necessary to share it with others. In this way, they are only concentrating on one new thing, the creating of the 3D model and how it will be presented to the rest of the class.

This strategy is successful because it provides "life lines" of support without sacrificing individual accountability. One of the import things to take into consideration for projects like this one is the way the groups are put together. I hand select each person for each group based on academic achievement level, skills, behavior and temperament. When forming the groups, I write each students name on an index card and first sort them by academic achievement levels (high, med-high, low-med, low) and then I look at the other characteristics and group them accordingly. Each group is made up of one of each academic achievement level and kids who frustrate each other are always split up. This helps to guarantee success for all.

  Group assessments and performance tasks
  Performance Tasks: Group assessments and performance tasks
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Modeling Life Cycles 3D

Unit 9: Build it
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT design and build 3D models of life cycles by using recycled materials.

Big Idea: This lesson is a review of what was learned earlier in the year that brings engineering and life science together!

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Science, modeling, life cycles, build, literacy in science
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