Not Just Another Animal Report

Posted by Teresa M. on Jan 10, 2015 2:48:35 PM

Before you assign your next research project, ask yourself is there another method that I can use to assess student learning other than a written report? If the answer is yes, then keep reading! Performance tasks are a great way to assess student learning. These types of tasks could be incorporated into a choice board. That way they can be cross out the projects they have used and have other choices left for their next project.

Make a “choice board” and include ideas and examples

Create a piece of art or model

Write a play, story, or poem

Create a comic strip

Record a song or rap

Lastly, think outside the box.

Here is a sample choice board, that I made, but you could easily adapt it to your students. There is a lot of room to add more ideas to the performance tasks choices or leave it as is.

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You students may also have an idea of their own to demonstrate the have learned the information. These types of assessments require higher level skills and will engage student learning.

Use these resources to help with show expectations.

Create a piece of art or model

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Explore and Draw Horses
by Ann Becker © 2010 ISBN: 9781606943533
Learn basic art techniques and interesting facts while drawing horses. Perfect for illustrated reports.

Write a play, story, or poem

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Our California
by Pam Munoz Ryan (author), Rafael Lopez (illustrator) © 2008
ISBN: 9781580891172
From the publisher: Re-illustrated and re-designed, Our California is a lively tour of award-winning author Pam Munoz Ryan’s home state. Spirited poems celebrate California’s major cities and regions. Backmatter includes state symbols and additional information about each place. Bold paintings by illustrator Rafael Lopez capture the spirit of the land.

Create a comic strip

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Surviving the Dust Bowl
by Jo Cleland © 2013 ISBN: 160694441X

Record a song or rap

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Rodent Rap
by Bobbie Kalman (author) © 2010 ISBN: 9780778792024
From the publisher: Beavers, chipmunks, porcupines, mice, and other rodents sing rap songs about themselves in this clever and highly entertaining book! Simple rhyme and humorous photographs help teach readers about the unique characteristics of animals in the rodent family.

There are many more resources available to you to incorporate into a sample for additional performance tasks. Your students will love having a variety in their end of unit assessments.


Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Common Core, Differentiation, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists

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