ST 1.5

ST1.5 Students demonstrate their learning through performance-based assessments and express their conclusions through elaborated explanations of their thinking.


The class read the book, Alphabet Under Construction, and then took the "Names Under Construction" Challenge. The objective was for each student to build their name with materials found inside their classroom and their name tag. The students used their math, engineering, and alphabet skills for this challenge!


The class read the book, How Big is a Foot? and then they made a bed fit for "a queen" (who also happened to be one of the K5 students). When she laid down in her bed, the class discovered that she did not fit! The students had to figure out a way to make a bed she would fit in using non-standard units. After they updated the bed, the students used standard and non-standard units of measure to discover the length of different items in their classroom. 


The first graders were shown four different sized jars containing candy corn. The students were told that one jar contained exactly 100 pieces of candy corn. The students were asked to estimate the amount of candy corn pieces in all four jars. After the amounts were revealed for each jar, they had an engaging discussion using questions that promote STEM exploration from the Boston Children's Museum. There were 14 students who correctly analyzed and determined the jar with 100 pieces of candy corn. 


After learning about the three different types of communities: urban, suburban, and rural, the second graders chose which community to create. They worked together with their teammates by making a plan, used found objects in the room to build their community, and then constructed each community to share and compare with other classes. This activity was used as an assessment to gauge what they learned from instruction and individual research. 


The class worked collaboratively in order to complete the challenge of creating the longest paper chain. There were stipulations that were put in place in order to encourage the students to create a plan and think critically about the best way to solve this problem. The students could only use one sheet of paper and had 30 minutes to complete the challenge.