ST 1.5

ST. 1.5 - Students demonstrate their learning through performance-based assessments and express their conclusions through elaborated explanations of their thinking.

Found within our curriculum are our Project Based Learning lessons where performance-based assessments are used to give students opportunities to build strategies that allow them to complete projects, solve problems, and then defend how and why they made their choices. Students are challenged to use STEM literacies and vocabulary in their defense. This defense can be in the form of a presentation, drawing, model, notebook, or journal.

Second Grade Flipgrid Video Assessments

Through the use of Flipgrid, our teachers are able to gather formative information on

student understanding of a particular content area, standard, project or even experience in the students day. These student-made videos allow teachers to individually get feedback from students in their own words to check their understanding and use their visual cues. Through students communicating their learning, we are able to here what they have gathered in their own words and truly use their performance to assess in many areas.

Click below for some student samples on their states of matter unit & crayon melting project.



Third Grade Yetis
In the Project M³ Unit, “In Search of the Yeti”, 3rd grade Gifted and Talented students worked to better understand measurement.  First, the students measured their own bodies in square inches to identify measurement benchmarks they could use for later estimation of other lengths. Using their own bodies as models, the students utilized their understanding of linear measure and proportion to create a class Yeti as a summative assessment.

Yeti Project

Yeti Project

Sun Casting
Students went outside three times to trace their shadow.  Working with partners, the students drew each other’s shadow in the morning, at noon and in the afternoon.  This exercise gave the students an opportunity to observe the fact that their shadow moved and changed each time.  The students combined this information with a prior unit and realized that the earth was moving and causing the sun to change place in the sky which caused their shadow to change.

Cube Measuring

Students were given unifix cubes and various items to measure and compare.  They were encouraged to use the mathematical terms:  taller, smaller, larger, longer, shorter when comparing items as well as naming the unit of measurement.

Students use a variety of techniques to collect and document information and data.  Students keep a science journal to collect the data during lab explorations. STEM plan outlines are used to give students a framework to begin the design of their models. IPads are also used to add evidence to journals and lab reports using photos and digital models.

Student Journals