Blog Post #12: Seesaw Activities

Science SOL: Life Processes 2.4 The student will investigate and understand that plants and animals undergo a series of orderly changes as they mature and grow. Key concepts include a) animal life cycles; and b) plant life cycles.

Activity 1: Students will be able to label the parts of a plant, including the roots, the stem, the leaves, the seeds, and the flower. This activity serves as a form of  substitution because there is no functional change given the technology—the same activity could be done on paper.

Activity 2: Students will be able to drag and drop the basic stages of the plant life cycle, including the seed, germination, growth of roots and stems, seedling, and pollination. This activity serves as a modification because students would be able to complete the task without technology, but there is task redesign as students are able to use the technology to easily drag and drop the stages.

Activity 3: Students will be able to watch the read aloud video of The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and create their own story about a seed and its journey through life, incorporating the life cycle stages of a plant and vocabulary learned from the other two activities. This activity serves as a form of augmentation because the technology acts as a direct substitute for the print copy of the book, yet the read aloud video allows for some functional improvement as it acts as a digital story or trailer.


Blog Post #8: Formative & Summative Assessments

Measurement and Geometry SOL 1.8 The student will determine the value of a collection of like coins (pennies, nickels, or dimes) whose total value is 100 cents or less.

Assessment Google Sheet:

Formative Assessment (Money Making Review):

Instructions for Students:

  • Go to
  • Enter the code: NWERJK
  • Complete the review quiz
  • *For my classroom, I would post this to my Google Classroom website to make it more easily accessible for students.*

For my formative assessment on determining the value of coins whose value is 100 cents ($1.00) or less, I chose to try out an LMS/application called Formative, through which teachers can create formative assessments in order to assess students and check for understanding of material across all subjects. Formative allows teachers to create new assessments, as well as use/edit assessments created by other teachers. For this purpose, I chose to use an already-existing assessment on this topic; however, I did edit the wording and answer choices for a couple of the questions. I like this particular assessment because it includes a video so that students can practice their money counting skills and gain a better understanding. I also like how it has different types of questions, including short answer, true/false, and multiple choice, and covers material that is important for first grade students to know about determining the value of coins and counting money.

Upon completing my assessment, I found that the format is straight-forward and can be easily understood by elementary school students. As mentioned before, I enjoyed the video because it is an additional resource that can be used to enhance student understanding. I also feel as though the first question asking the student to rate his/her level of comfort with money is important because it quickly informs the teacher of students’ individual attitudes toward the content and whether or not the student may need additional support.