Next Generation Science Standards

5E Lesson Plan Adaptations

Hi I am creating a 5E lesson plan for a 3rd grade class. This lesson will be focused on adaptations; specifically the four main reasons for an animal to adapt. I would like to evaluate my students comprehension as the end of the lesson, but I do not want to give my students a traditional quiz or test. How would you recomend that I evaluate 3rd grade students on adaptation? Thank you!

Jordan Shirley
Jordan Shirley
265 Activity Points

This is something similar to what I've done with my high school students. You could have them make a poster or write a story where an imaginary species is adapting to various situations in various ways. Say "show & explain all 4 methods" in the instructions. Some of my kids really like being creative & they all like to vary assessment so it generally goes over well. (I do stress I'm grading biology knowledge, not art skill!)

Torrey Wenger
Torrey Wenger
223 Activity Points

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