Tired of traditional paper and pencil tests to assess learning? If so, try one of these assessment strategies with your students during a unit on insects. Students can write a letter to a friend, use a post-it note, or create a mind map.
Find out what students know about insects by using one of the following assessment strategies:
- post-it notes, and
- mind maps.
Have students write a letter to their grandmother, cousin, or favourite uncle. Ask them to include at least three things they learned about insects during the unit. Walk to the post office and actually mail the letters. Hopefully, they will all get a letter back in the mail.
There are so many great colours and options of post-it notes. You can get post-its with lines and without. Decide on a size and style and then give each student a single post-it note. Students show you what they know about insects using the post-it note. There isn’t a lot of room so students really need to think about what they write, draw, and include on their post-it note. Be sure to tell students it needs to be easy to read and figure out! After students are finished, let them go around the room and check out the post-it notes that others created. Consider repeating this activity a number of times during the insect unit to track new learning and provide assessment information for their learning portfolios.
I love to see the different mind maps that students come up with when asked to create a mind map to show what they know about a topic. I like to leave this activity open-ended so students can use their creativity to create their mind maps. Give students sheets of bristol board and ask them to create a mind map about insects. Bring in examples of mind maps to show students if they are unfamiliar with this type of activity. Post the mind maps and have students present their thinking about their choice of design for their mind maps.
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- Insects Part 3: 5 Fun Ways to Differentiate Learning During Insect Unit
- Insects Part 4: How to Use Placemat Strategy During Insect Unit
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