Community Circle Information Questionnaire

In my classroom, we have a community building activity called circle that allows students to learn about each other in a safe, respectful way. This activity allows students be be silly and have fun, but also be more vulnerable in a safe environment. As a class, we get into a circle with our chairs and start with a fun question, such as, “If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” and then move into more serious topics as the year goes on.

This questionnaire would be given to students within my math class, but this could be edited and given to any subject class. The questionnaire was written with my 8th grade students in mind, but could be altered to any secondary grade. This would ideally be in a 1:1 technology situation.

This questionnaire would be given to students as an introduction to Circle, and would allow students to share what they are comfortable and uncomfortable sharing in a group to me privately. Students have no way to see other students’ answers, so there is not pressure about answering the questions truthfully. I also want to take some of the fun answers from this questionnaire and so the statistics behind it, so students can see similarities between each other.


Sunflowers!!

Authors: Alexis Henderson & Kali Tagomori-Lai

This activity is intended for a 3rd grade and up science lesson. This website contains an informational section which includes an article and video about the life cycle of a sunflower. It also contains a section that tests the students knowledge on everything they would have learned from the video and article. By the end of this lesson, students should be able to identify the different stages in the life cycle of a sunflower. Along with the acquisition of additional sunflower facts! 

The water cycle: four main stages

This lesson was created for second to third grade students who are studying the water cycle in science. Students and teachers can use this quiz as a part of a bigger unit, or as a check in. This lesson can also be used after instruction as an exit ticket, or as a formative assessment at the end of a mini unit.

Students can take this quiz using individual iPads, laptops, or desktop computers. The intent of this lesson or google form is to measure students’ progress and knowledge about the water cycle after having prior instruction and academic activities for understanding. Students should have an understanding of the water cycle and why certain phases occur. The google form will help the teacher achieve the intent of the lesson due to the collection of data that will occur based on students’ scores. The teacher can then use the data when creating following lessons to better instruct students.

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Whale Hello There!

This google form would be used in the classroom as a pre-assessment for a fourth grade unit on whales. This form will be given to the students at the beginning of the unit, so that I can gauge what the students know about whales and their interest level on specific whales. Since the students will have to collaborate on a cumulative project at the end of the lesson. I can see starting the students off, at the beginning of the unit, in a rotation; where they would learn more about the Ocean. To start learning about where whales live!

While one of the reasons of this google form is for me to gauge what students know. I also want the students to see what they know collectively as a class. If they were nervous because they did not know some things in the form; then they can see that others are also in the same boat as them. Another thing I want them to see is what whales they are most interested in. Therefore, we can start planning group activities within their whale groups. I hope that by grouping students by their specific whale interests, the groups will be more diverse in terms of academic levels and social groups. I want all students in the classroom how to collaborate with each other.

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Let’s Talk About Health!

This post-assessment is intended for kindergarten students who have been learning about making healthy choices. The choice of lesson is based off of Oregon Standard: HE.7.K.1- Identify healthy practices and behaviors that maintain or improve personal health. In line with the standard, students are asked to read the questions and choose the healthier option. This post-assessment would be given in a 1:1 environment at the end of the lesson to see what information the students understand from the previous and current lessons. The use of the 1:1 environment would allow for the teacher to assist each student and answer questions when needed. Depending on the results of this post-assessment, the teacher can decide to move deeper into the lessons or refresh on the tested information.

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Multiplication CheckIn

I chose to create a survey to check on how my students are feeling about the math we are doing. The questions are meant for probably 2nd or 3rd grade and is meant to be a check in for me or another teacher to see how my students are doing with the multiplication concepts we are learning. This activity should be done individually so that I can reach all of my students. This would most likely be a exit ticket rather than a formal assessment. Each time my students answer no to the question, a video will pop up that explains the multiplication rule to them. At the end of the survey I allow them to write if they are still confused about so that I can know what I may need to review with my class or math topics that they are confused with that aren’t on the survey. By using google forms I am able to informally see how my students are doing with the material we are working on.

Prep to be a Kinder Kid!

colorful kids silhouettes and the word "Kindergarten" in colorful capital letters

This Google Doc is designed for preschoolers and their families to work together to prepare the student to enter elementary school. It acts as an introduction to concepts that children will greatly benefit from knowing before entering kindergarten. These concepts will hopefully not be entirely new to students as they should be exploring them in preschool, but something this format may be different than what they’ve worked with before. Ideally this would work best if each student had a computer and access to an adult, such as a small group setting during school and be accessible outside of school for students to work with their families.

By the end of the document, students should be able to cut with child safety scissors on lines, properly grip a pencil and write letters with it, know all the letters, and be able to count to at least 10. They will be exposed to phonics, sorting, small words, and audio of read along stories. They will also get practice following directions while learning to play games and following along in books when listening to the read-along stories.

The Google doc will help students achieve these goals by providing them with a variety of educational games to play, songs to sing, worksheets/activities, and videos to watch. All the game sights linked are great resources for other educational content when further explored as well, such as games for different subjects or grade levels.

Whatcha Reading?

Bookshelf

This form was designed with my current fifth grade placement class in mind. They are in the middle of a literature circles unit and are reading a variety of books in small groups. Since reading groups provide an opportunity for diversification of instruction they are something that I hope to include in my own class one day, and something I could create using this Google form.

The goal of this form is to help me understand what kind of readers my students are in order to help better place them with readers that are at a similar level and have similar interests. The students would fill out this form as an introduction to the unit, and I could then use their responses to create appropriate reading groups for the students that best address the needs expressed in the survey. Having all of this information in a digital format makes it easy for the teacher to keep track of, and even refer back to at the end of the unit, seeing areas where the students may have shown improvement by the end of their reading circle. The students could fill out this form in a variety of ways: it could be assigned as homework, thus allowing the students to respond on their own devices at home, or it could be done in class in either a one-to-one environment, or on a classroom computer which the students could take turn using.

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Let’s Talk about Plants and Animals!

pictures of birds and deer and plants

This google form was designed as a pre-assessment for a kindergarten science lesson on animals and plants. The lesson is based off of the following Oregon Standard: K-LS1-1 – Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. In line with the standard, this pre-assessment addresses what animals and plants need to survive. This form gives the teacher information on what students already know prior to this lesson so that they can adjust and differentiate the lesson accordingly. For instance if the whole class already knows what plants and animals need to survive, then the lesson can change into a discussion comparing the two. If there’s a lot of variation in what students know, the teacher can set up learning centers with different activities.

Ideally, this pre-assessment would be given in a 1:1 environment at the start of the lesson so that the teacher could see where all their students are at. However, with some planning, this pre-assessment could be incorporated into learning centers prior to the science lesson so that the teacher still gathers the data on what students know and adjust the lesson accordingly. One thing to keep in mind if this pre-assessment is given during learning centers is that the assessment does not have audio for the questions. Since many kindergartners cannot read the directions for the questions, the teacher can either explain what the students will do when they reach that learning center, facilitate that learning center themselves, or have an adult volunteer/faculty member assist students at that learning center. If the pre-assessment is given in a 1:1 environment, the teacher can explain the directions for each question and answer questions as the students take the quiz.

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Can we guess, does it rhyme?

Picture of Humpty Dumpty, refunding a popular nursery rhyme

This activity is intended for early elementary grade students who are working on rhyming and finding patterns to understand why words rhyme! *independent use: 1st-2nd — note: students may require a tutorial on how to use the forum. It may also be easier to have student complete the assignment in small groups at a time that way an adult is able to help with any technical issues they may have in filling out the google forum.

This could be used as a pre-assessment to gauge what your students already know about rhyming or if they are already able to pick up patterns. It can then be used as a post assessment to see how much growth has happened at the end of a lesson or unit on rhyming. This activity could also be used within a kindergarten classroom and completed as a whole class in order to introduce the concept of rhyming.

When used as a pre-assessment, students in 1st grade are not expected to have a high knowledge of rhyming patterns. However, when being used as a post assessment students should have a better understanding of deciphering which words rhyme and which do not.

 

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First day Survey

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  1. This lesson could most effectively used for 1st-3rd grade. It could be used in the beginning of the year in any school/course.
  2. This would be used an introduction lesson. Something you give out on one of the first days of school to get to know your students. You could even send this out prior to the first day of the school so parents can help students fill it out if they need it.
  3. I think this would mostly be an independent thing or a whole class time to work. Of the students are olenough and capable of completing it on their own then it would be independent for. If they were younger would do it as a whole class activity where the teacher demonstrates it and completes it with them.
  4. The teacher would going feedback about their students which would help build relationships. It would also help them learn how to help their students learn best.
  5. Google forms will be used for the survey so they can complete it on there.

 

Fun Fraction Facts!

Numbers on ground in the hopscotch form

I have created a fractions pretest for my third graders. This is to test their knowledge about fractions before we move onto more complex fraction practices.

I would ideally have all the students use a computer to take the pretest at the same time. I think this would be a fun and creative way to incorporate technology into the student’s math time. The students should be take this quiz relatively easily given that the google form is quite straight forward. However, this pretest would be an easy way for me to get a sense of how well my students understand the topic of fractions.

There are several standards that fit with this lesson. Which includes the following common core standards.

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.1
    Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.NF.A.3.B
    Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

Hopefully, I would be using google classrooms, therefore the students will be comfortable with the google layout. I would also make other activities that include google doc/ google form for this unit on fractions. I think this is the best way to engage students and change it up from the usual worksheet.

After they take the quiz, we will review the questions that were commonly missed and then begin the lesson!

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