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Assessment for Module – Grade 5-6

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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

  1 2 3 4
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

Name: Rate 1-5
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.  
Total: