Formative Assessment Probes: Does It Have a Life Cycle?by: Page Keeley

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If life continues from generation to generation, then all plants and animals must go through a life cycle, even though it may be different from organism to organism. Is this what students have “learned,” or do they have their own private conceptions about life cycles? The formative assessment probe “Does It Have a Life Cycle?” reveals some surprising ideas children have about life cycles (Keeley, Eberle, and Dorsey 2008). It is designed to find out whether students recognize that all living multicellular organisms go through a life cycle.

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  • on Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:26 PM

This article provides a great strategy teachers can use to uncover as well as address students misconceptions about sciences. 5 star!

LeRoy Attles  (Cambridge, MA)
LeRoy Attles (Cambridge, MA)

  • on Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:02 AM

I love the use of formative assessment and how Keely is assessing students understandings about life cycles by engaging students in whole class discussion as well as in groups.

Laura  (San Diego, CA)
Laura (San Diego, CA)

  • on Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:55 PM

Keeley presents a formative assessment that examines student's perceptions on life cycles. Keely recommends pedagogy to use the formative as a discussion piece for a whole class work-up of a rule that can be used to determine if an organism has a life cycle. Keeley also gives alternative implementations for the formative such as a sort, where students work in groups and discuss their thinking as they sort the organisms.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

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