Reflection: Unit Exams Similiarities and Differences - Section 6: Evaluate:


I don't always using structured unit exams as assessment tools in 1st grade.  I find I learn a lot more about my students through informal conferences, conversations and through my observations.  This unit assesses two standards (1LS3-1 and 1LS1-2). This unit exam assessment only assesses 1LS3-1 and provides information as to whether or not my students understand that animals have babies and these babies resemble their parents. This assessment allows my students to look closely to engage in the higher order thinking and observing skills required when comparing and contrasting.  After my students complete this unit exam I ask them to meet with me in a small group to talk about the work completed.  This allows my to really understand what my students understand in relation to this standard.  After this conference with my students, I made a few changes to the assessment. I wanted to add questions that help guide the conversations in our conferences.  This new assessment gives my students a few extra steps that help to prepare them for the following constructed response questions. 

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Similiarities and Differences

Unit 5: Unit 5: Animal Families
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: SWBAT research physical similarities and differences between animal parents and their offspring by using nonfiction text. Students will record their findings in their science journals.

Big Idea: Let's explore inheritance! In this lesson students investigate animal heredity by doing research! They will discover that animal babies look very similar to their parents.

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