Science: The Human Body
Grade 5 Final Assessments
1. A Quiz
a) I teach & model study strategies/skills; Students demonstrate understanding of strategies/skills.
b) I teach & model test-taking strategies/skills; Students demonstrate understanding of strategies.
c) Students take the quiz and demonstrate an understanding of concepts.
a) Create a life sized human body that “shows” organs.
b) Include information about organs and systems on cue cards.
c) Use found materials to represent organs.
Examples of the ways in which my students used found materials to “show” human organs and systems:
– nyons (small intestine)
– yarn (large intestine)
– sponges (brains)
– straws (trachea)
– q-tips (ribs)
– pom poms – salivary glands
– hearts (heart)
– zip-lock bags (stomach filled with tissue paper)
– cotton balls (liver)
– tissue paper yellow (pancreas)
– balloons (lungs)
3. Persuasive Essay; Personification
My students were required to write an essay about the human body. They pretended to be a human body system (personification), and did their best to convince the reader of their undeniable importance. Their first paragraph introduced and defined the system, as well as the purpose of the essay (e.g. to persuade). In the second paragraph they further identified and described system (physically). In the third paragraph they described its function(s). In the fourth paragraph they had to convince the reader (the world!) of its (their) importance! Finally, they were required to wrap up their essay by writing a fabulous conclusion.
Putting it out there:
How do you assess students’ learning at the end of a unit?