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HAZMAT Team to the Rescue – Simple Machines Challenge
Assessment Strategies and Tools:
Learning Objective: Make a written plan, requiring the use of one or more simple machines, to lift and move a heavy load.
Assessment Strategy: Before the challenge, each group of students will write a series of steps describing how they plan to lift and move the tub of water. The plan should include materials, procedures and labelled diagrams of the planned set-up.
Assessment Tool: Rubric.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
|Presentation of plan||Information not organized or logically sequenced||Some information is organized and logically sequenced||Most information is organized and logically sequenced||All information is organized and logically sequenced|
|Materials||No materials are listed||Some materials are listed||Most materials are clearly listed||All materials are clearly listed|
|Procedure||There is no procedure||Some of the steps in the procedure are logically sequenced||Most of the steps in the procedure are logically sequenced||All of the steps in the procedure are logically sequenced|
|Diagrams||Limited accuracy in drawing and labeling recognizable diagrams||Some accuracy in rawing and labeling recognizable diagrams||Good accuracy in drawing and labeling recognizable diagrams||Excellent accuracy in drawing and labeling recognizable diagrams|
Learning Objective: Apply understanding of simple machines by lifting and moving a heavy load.
Assessment strategy: Students will carry out their plans to move the load.
Assessment Tool: Using a checklist, indicate whether or not the group was able to successfully lift and move the load.
Learning Objective: Select and use materials to accomplish a given task.
Assessment strategy: Students will select and use materials, which may either be provided by the teacher or brought in by the students.
Assessment Tool: Rating Scale
|Selection and use of materials||Limited understanding of choosing and modifying materials appropriate for the purpose||Some understanding of choosing and modifying materials appropriate for the purpose||Good understanding of choosing and modifying materials appropriate for the purpose||Excellent understanding of choosing and creatively modifying materials appropriate for the purpose|
Learning Objective: Communicate about how simple machines were used to move the load
Assessment strategy: Students will make a poster outlining how they were able to successfully lift and move the load. The students will then present the poster orally to the class.
Assessment Tool: Rubric.
|Poster||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
|Application of scientific principles||Limited understanding of scientific principles underlying the construction and modifications||Some understanding of scientific principles underlying the construction and modifications||Good understanding of scientific principles underlying the construction and modifications||Thorough understanding of scientific principles underlying the construction and modifications|
|Clarity of graphics||Limited understanding of using graphics effectively||Some understanding of using graphics effectively||Good understanding of using graphics effectively||Excellent understanding of using graphics effectively|
|Labels||Limited use of labels or labels are inaccurate||Some use of labels and labels are mainly accurate||Good use of labels and most labels are accurate||Excellent use of labels and all labels are accurate|
|Overall appearance||Limited use of design and layout for the poster||Some use of design and layout for the poster||Good use of design and layout for the poster||Excellent use of design and layout for the poster|
|Oral presentation||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
|Presentation of poster content||Limited clarity and some inaccurate communication of poster content||Mainly clear and mostly accurate communication of poster content||Clear and accurate communication of poster content||Clear, accurate and effective communication of poster content|
Learning Objective: Work collaboratively and effectively in a small group to solve a practical problem
Assessment Strategy: Students will assess their participation in the group challenge.
Assessment Tool: Student Self-Assessment Rating Scale
|I was always prepared for my part of the group work.|
|I completed all of my individual tasks.|
|I worked with my team members in a constructive way.|
|I completed my tasks to the best of my ability.|