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Early Learning CHALLENGE Grant - Supporting Region 6

A Snippet on Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is not plural; assessment does not have an "s" because formative assessment is a process that happens seamlessly during instruction. Formative assessment is not what happens at the end of a unit. It is not what happens at the end of a term. It is not letter grades. It is what guides our instruction. It is what we learn about our students (or what they learn about themselves) that guide what happens next. The KEA is being developed to be the entry point for the K-3 formative assessment process, which creates a Child Profile of learning, and development that continues through third grade

The Office of Early Learning’s K-3 Team will host the second part of a three part webinar series on the formative assessment process. Join us as we share information about the formative assessment process in a K-3 classroom. There are multiple strategies and techniques to elicit evidences of student learning that fit seamlessly in the flow of a K-3 Classroom. We would like to share how the K-3 Formative Assessment Process can assist educators in their use of this process to teach in the moment and ensure that students are advancing toward established learning goals.

Wednesday, October 8, from 3:30-4:30PM Register Here

Ideas for Collecting Evidences of Learning - Counting Objects Construct

Counting Spiders

After reading aloud Miss Spider's Tea Party: The Counting Book by David Kirk, use the following activity in a math center and observe students counting objects.

Materials: Cardstock with a printed spider web, spider rings, and a die with written numbers on each side

Explain to students that Miss Spider couldn't understand why insects wouldn't come over for a tea party so now she is inviting spiders as her guests since they like to "hang out" in a web.

Each student in the center begins with 10 spider rings and a "web" mat (picture of a web on card stock). The teacher rolls a die with written numbers on each side (not dots) and then says, "Six" (while showing the number to the students). Show me that 6 spiders are "hanging out" in the web. Put six spiders on web mat." The students count 6 spiders and place the spiders on the web mat. The teacher may then ask a student to count the spiders on their web mat or count another student's spiders to see if their peer has the correct amount. Allowing students to count each other's spiders allows students to give feedback to each other and problem solve together if the quantity is not correct.

This activity could continue by:

• Teacher rolling the die again, showing the number on the die and ask in the students to count that quantity of spiders and then placing the spiders on the mat

• Telling the students that 2 more spiders have been invited to the tea party then asking, "Now how many spiders are on the web?"

Having Fun While Observing Following Directions

Don't Forget!

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