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: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xNWYcRLdz4RmfvhK4os8weky_8psS1HOB_lGVcPNIbw/edit?usp=sharing

Formative Assessment (Money Making Review): https://goformative.com/formatives/5c8feb662e7ff04f6aba0e02

Instructions for Students:

  • Go to goformative.com/join
  • 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.

 

Science and the Arts

I enjoyed most of my science classes throughout school, especially Earth Science and Biology, because my teachers often incorporated art activities to teach the material. Most of the activities involved visual arts, such as sculptures, diagrams, drawings, and pictures. During our unit on the human body, the whole class collaborated on drawing a human body on a large scroll of paper and labelling the parts of the body, as well as the parts of the heart. This activity helped me better understand the human body, but I also enjoyed being able to interact with my classmates and put our knowledge together to complete the activity. Another art-making activity I remember doing in my Biology class was creating a sculpture of an animal and presenting it in front of the class. We were able to choose any animal and use any materials to create our sculpture, so I chose a hummingbird. I used wire to create the foundation for the hummingbird and then covered it in green and yellow clay. I then attached the hummingbird to a wooden base so it could stand easily. In my presentation, I explained the characteristics of a hummingbird, including lifespan, reproduction, migration patterns, and fun facts. This activity helped me learn about several different types of animals and their functions in our world.

The activities that I engaged in during my science classes were not as geared towards poetry or music as they were towards the visual arts. I do wish that my teachers had integrated a variety of art forms in order to help the students learn scientific concepts. Since then, music and poetry have made me think about the world in a scientific manner, and I believe that incorporating these forms of art into my science classroom would help students understand the material better and make science a more enjoyable subject overall. In my opinion, music is a great way to learn science because it’s catchy and allows students to be silly and remember information more easily. I remember learning the parts of the body and the order of the planets in our solar system through songs in two popular TV shows growing up—Hannah Montana and Drake & Josh. Experiences such as these can help students relate to the content and understand it more easily.