These elementary assessment plans, developed and taught by teachers, incorporate a wide variety of student-centered assessment strategies.
Dangerous Animals: How do we know what is real and what is make believe?
Grades K-2, Language Arts, Science, Health
Would you treat a sick tiger? After reading a book about a mouse that is asked to treat a fox with a toothache, primary students connect the themes in the book to their own lives. They define the characteristics of dangerous animals, think about the importance of going to the dentist, and present their ideas about whether the mouse was justified in refusing to treat “dangerous animals”.
Biographies: Everybody Has a Story: How are we all unique?
Grades 3-5, Language Arts
Elementary students read biographies of famous people and learn about what makes a good biography. They interview residents of a local nursing home and put together a magazine with their stories. At a final celebration, they share their magazines with the people they interviewed.
Fraction Quest: Does accuracy really matter that much?
Grades 3-5, Math
Students take on the roles of professionals who use fractions on the job. After researching, they create and share presentations that demonstrate the importance of knowing fractions in their chosen professions.
Storm Watch: How do people respond to change?
Grades 4-6, Science, Math, Language Arts
Students become weather forecasters to report on weather conditions around the globe after conducting research and scientific investigations about weather phenomena.