I have been using teacherspayteachers.com for a while now. I love the site. I uploaded my first document tonight. It was a activity that I made for the performance assessment for one of my science units. For years I have used a weather wheel for years. The kids love making them but for the last few years I have changed from the pre-printed ones to this one where the kids have to draw their own pictures. I don't know what the difference is with coloring and drawing but most of my kids prefer to draw then to color. I prefer it too. So, I adapted the standard color wheel.
I am also looking through the work I have done for years. The things that I LOVE and that the kids seem to like as well. I am going to add those once I get back to school in the fall. So, for now, go get my free weather and seasons wheel. :)
Part of the training I went to last week with Norte Dame and the Archdioese of Oklahoma had me working on science units for the. It has been a very LONG and grueling process. But, I feel like I am a better teacher for it. I am going to post a few of the things that I have done as part of it.
Here is one of the activities. I tried it out on B. He had a blast. See how happy he is!!!!
The Performance Assessement: Illustrate an animal in its habitat including it's needs and it's life cycle.
The conversation went like this.
Me:What kind of an animal do you want to draw?
B: A Dinosaur (Green pink and blue image in the middle)
Me: Now where does he live?
B: in a cave (purple thing to the right)
Me: What does your dinosaur need to stay alive?
B: Sun, water and food (orange at the top and the three light blue on the left are the glass of water and an apple)
Me: If this is an adult dinosaur what was it before that?
Me: And before it was a kid?
B: A baby (orange on the bottom left)
Me: And before it was a baby?
B: an egg (the brown on the bottom left)
The assessment is designed as a group at activity but each child is doing different animals. Then once the entire group has finished you can put them into a book and discuss each animal. I hope it turns out in the classroom as well as it did at home. I was really able to see what B knew and what he did not. He knew that a dinosaur need food but not the right kind of food. He knew that it needed water but it does not drink from a glass. Can't wait to see what this little guy learns this year in Pre-K.