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I am teaching grade 1. Can any one suggest formative assessments strategies?

Feb 20, 2017 8:24am

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    • Feb 25, 2017 6:05pm

      For formative assessments, you can have the students do a thumbs up/thumbs down in response to questions you ask. You can also teach them to discuss a topic in a group of 4. Then you have one member of each group share to the whole group. You can also have students draw a representation of what they learned. They can write a sentence with it if they are able. Another idea is graphic organizers (Venn diagram, sequencing chart, cause and effect organizer, character web, etc.). Students can draw on them who do not have the writing skills. If you have small white boards for each student, you can give them math problems, ask a yes/no question, say a word to spell, etc. and have the students write their response on their white boards. The kids can hold up the board when they are ready so you can easily see who is getting it and who isn't. Another fun idea is to have kids act out what they have learned. They could act out a story, the water cycle, social studies concepts, etc.
      I hope these ideas help. Have fun!

      • Feb 22, 2017 5:12pm

        For which subject do you teach?

        • Feb 26, 2017 11:22am

          Thank You all for your wonderful answers.

          • Feb 26, 2017 3:35pm

            For first grade students, I use a lot of nonverbal assessments such as hand signals. If you agree or disagree (hang loose signal or thumbs down). I also use a journal with every student. The science journal is an amazing tool to quickly assess the student's understanding and writing. I recommend the book Science Notebooks, Second Edition: Writing about Inquiry. There is a chapter about assesments. It doesn't need to take a lot of time and it is not something to grade. It is the students' book..they are the author.

            Quick performance tasks/probes are nice, too such as in Paige Keeley's book Uncovering Student Ideas in Science.