b. Mid-Unit Test
Students will write or draw in journals to show that they understand a particular concept.
Prior to the unit, the class will chart what they already know about the topic as well as the things they would like to know. Then, when the unit has been completed, the class will chart and discuss the things they have learned. This activity gives closure to the unit and is a good opportunity for students to review the things they have discussed throughout the unit.
This is a broad category of assessment and includes a wide variety of options. The only stipulation is that students "do" or create something (usually for display). Some possible examples include the following: a class garden, a poster, oral reports, pop bottle plants, etc.
The teacher will circulate throughout the room, and make notes on the observed progress of individual students. Notes can be written in a regular spiral notebook or on office labels. If labels are used, they can be transferred to students individual files. This is nice because 1) the folders are an easy way to show student work to parents and 2) each child's information is stored in a logical manner that makes sense.
This will occur at the end of the unit and will serve as a good culminating activity and a means of assessing what the children have learned. The main objective will be for the children to plan a fair displaying all of the information they have learned about plants. To make this goal more feasible, the children will divide into groups, and each group will decide how to depict a particular section of the unit. When the displays are complete, the children will participate in a short plant fair while munching on fruits or vegetable and looking at the various displays.
After learning about the basic plant parts, the children will make their own construction paper flowers. When the plants are complete, the children will label plant parts with the help of a teacher.
Class discussion is another good way of assessing. It seems like such a simple thing, and yet teachers can learn a lot by listening to the comments of their students.
If the teacher has time, interviews are also a good way to evaluate the students' understanding of a unit.
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