Reflection: Checks for Understanding Changing Matter: Plaid Pete Gets Physical - And Chemical! - Section 6: Reflection & Closure


Engaging Formative Assessment

When the word "assessment" is uttered in a classroom, student sighs and groans often follow.  I am always on the lookout for quick and easy formative assessments that are also fun and engaging for my students.

One strategy that I have found is using "Hold-Ups."  This is a strategy described in the book Total Participation Techniques:  Making Every Student an Active Learner by Persida and William Himmel.  I particularly like Multiple Choice Hold Ups and True-Not True Hold Ups.

I review by asking a question for which I have previously written 4 multiple choice answers on the board (A, B, C, D).  Students Hold-Up the card that indicates the correct answer.  I tell my students not to look at anyone else and I watch carefully to see who struggles.  It is important to write the answers first and then ask the question or you might miss the "quick look."

I constructed the letter cards by creating a two-column, two-row table and typing in the capitalized letters (A, B, C, D) using 200 point font for true and 120 point font for Not True.  I print them on card stock, laminate them for durability, and have students keep them in their desks in Zip-Lock bags for easy access.

I also ask True and Not True questions.  Those cards were created using a one-column, two-row table with 200 point font, with 120 point font for the Not True card.  I use yellow card stock for these, so that students can easily distinguish them from the other cards.  It makes transitions much quicker.  Using tables also makes the cards easier to cut out with a paper cutter.  The picture below shows a review of the concepts in this lesson using Hold-Ups.  (I have written the answers first, then asked the question, Which of these is a chemical reaction?)


  Checks for Understanding: Student Engagement - Formative Assessment That's Fun!
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Changing Matter: Plaid Pete Gets Physical - And Chemical!

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 18 of 22

Objective: SWBAT identify physical and chemical changes in matter.

Big Idea: How does matter change? How are new substances created? Students get to meet Plaid Pete and Seth's Science Teacher , Mrs. Glaze, as she schools them on physical and chemical changes in matter.

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