Category: Formative Assessments

10 Formative Assessments for STEM

Throughout this series, we’ve examined 10 different formative assessments and targeted how each one can help students further develop inquiry skills and critical thinking skills.

Positive/Negative/Interesting
News Headline
K-L-E-W
Agree/Disagree
Before and After
3-2-1
ABC Summary
Concept Maps
RERUN
Claim Evidence Reasoning
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Formative Assessments for STEM: Claim Evidence Reasoning

Claim Evidence Reasoning is a formative assessment that ensures that students are thinking purposefully about the concepts they are learning and the conclusions they are drawing.

Using this structure, students are asked to make a claim based on an investigation conducted in class, provide evidence, tell how that evidence supports their claim and draw a conclusion.  By requiring that students progress through these steps, they learn how to better develop their critical thinking skills.

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Formative Assessments for STEM: RERUN

RERUN is a formative assessment that allows students to share their thoughts and perspectives in regards to a investigation that they have completed.

RERUN is an acronym that stands for: Recall, Explain, Results, Unsure, New Things and asks students to provide a response for each category in the chart.  This formative assessment also helps the teacher to determine how well students learned the learning goals that were presented in the investigation.

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Formative Assessments for STEM: Concept Maps

Concepts Maps are a great way for students to visualize how ideas relate to each other and also allow them to draw on background knowledge.

When using concept maps, students being with one central theme or concept and work to link it to other related concepts.  For older students, concept maps should be second nature, but younger students may struggle.  For students who struggle, consider providing all of concepts, each written on a card and allow students to arrange them correctly.

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Formative Assessments for STEM: ABC Summary

ABC Summary is a broad formative assessment that asks students to illustrate a key concept that they are learning.  This formative assessment aims to activate thinking and to promote creativity.

With this flexible formative assessment, students can either choose their own letters and terms or the teacher can assign them.  Students then think of a concept that begins with that letter and sketch the concept that they picked.  This formative assessment can be easily modified as older students can write a couple of sentences about the term that they chose.

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Formative Assessments for STEM: 3-2-1

3-2-1 is a formative assessment that can be used for checking understanding, summarizing and/or also for guiding future lessons.

In this formative assessment, students are asked to write 3 things they learned, 2 things they found interesting and 1 question that they still have.  These “categories” can also be changed or adapted for other learning purposes as well.

By asking for these three pieces of information, teachers can see what major points students took from the lesson (allowing us to see if we are on point or if there are any misconceptions out there that need to be corrected), things that they found interesting about the lesson (which may be harnessed to provide future lessons) and one question that they still have.

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Formative Assessments for STEM: Before and After

The Before and After formative assessment is a valuable tool for student redirection as well as reflection.

In this formative assessment, students are asked to tell about any misconceptions that they had going into the lesson and then correct them by writing what they now know.

With having students identify these misconceptions, they are demonstrating (at the very least) active listening skills.  When we have them go a step further and counteract that misconception, learning starts to take place as students begin correctly bringing concepts together.  (Plus, in my own experience, if one student has a misconception, chances are that others have jumped to that incorrect conclusion as well, so I like to read them aloud and clarify them.)

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Formative Assessments for STEM: Agree/ Disagree

Agree/Disagree is a formative strategy that encourages students to evaluate a statement provided by the teacher.

With this formative assessment, students can agree, disagree, mark that they are not sure or indicate that it depends.  Students are also given an opportunity to share how they would be able to prove that their answer is correct by providing ways that they could find out the validity of the statement.

As with any strategy or tool, we need to think carefully about the most appropriate one to use with our students that will help us to best reach our performance expectation.  Through thoughtful selection, we can effectively promote student learning.

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Formative Assessments for STEM: KLEW

KLEW is a revamping of the old KWL chart, but it asks students to think more critically about the concepts they are learning.

First, students write down what they think they know (K).  Using this variation allows students to take a little more of a risk when sharing the concepts that they are learning.  Next, students write what they are learning (L), then support their statements with evidence (E).   Requiring students to support their claims makes students consider connections between the concepts they are learning.  Finally, students extend their thinking by writing what these connections make them wonder about (W).

As with any strategy or tool, we need to think carefully about the most appropriate one to use with our students that will help us to best reach our performance expectation.  Through thoughtful selection, we can effectively promote student learning.

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Formative Assessments for STEM: Newspaper Headline

Using the News Headline formative assessment is a great strategy to help students to summarize the day’s lesson.  Students create their own headline then explain it in a couple of sentences.

This formative assessment strategy causes students to think carefully about what they have learned in the lesson and be able to reflect and concisely recap the concept (headline) in their own words.

As with any strategy or tool, we need to think carefully about the most appropriate one to use with our students that will help us to best reach our performance expectation.  Through thoughtful selection, we can effectively promote student learning.

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