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I have incorporated several different strategies into my lessons over the years which have aided me in becoming a Georgia Certified Master teacher. I truly believe that the MOST IMPORTANT strategy that I utilize is the consistent usage of spiraling assessments with my students. Students will have difficulty remembering newly learned materials unless they are constantly being required to practice and remember these concepts over and over on a long-term basis. For this reason I have set up these assessments so that the concepts which students have learned throughout the year are constantly being reviewed on an on-going basis.
This bundle includes a total of 27 spiraling assessments! When assessing student’s knowledge every 1-2 weeks, that’s enough assessments for the entire year! Each test contains 20 questions presented in a multiple-choice format with four different answer choices provided for each question.
I have numbered the tests (1-27) in the order that I actually use them with my students. Each assessment covers one or more new concepts, as well as reviewing concepts that have previously been learned throughout the year. The best way to utilize ALL of the assessments is to teach each concept as it is added to a test. For example:
Test 1 covers:
Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations:
A. Lines are taken to lines, and line segments to line segments of the same length.
B. Angles are taken to angles of the same measure.
Test 1 also covers Standard MCC8.G.3
Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations and reflections on two-dimensional figures using coordinates.
Since these are the only concepts covered on Test 1, then this is all you will need to teach before allowing your students to complete Test 1.
On Test 2 I spiraled in the following standards:
Understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, and translations.
Given two congruent figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the congruence between them.
Understand that a two-dimensional figure is similar to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations.
Given two similar two-dimensional figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the similarity between them.
Use informal arguments to establish facts about the angle sum and exterior angles of triangles, about the angles created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal, and the angle-angle criterion for similarity of triangles.
You will need to make sure that you have covered all the new material that was spiraled into Test 2 before assessing your students. Also keep in mind, that since students have already learned the material that was on Test 1, then those standards are also included on Test 2. This will keep them practicing and reviewing throughout the entire year! New concepts are added to each test, and old concepts are reviewed on each test.
Please download the preview to see a list of the concepts that are spiraled into each assessment. I have also included copies of four of the assessments. These include Test 3, which would be given sometime during the 1st 9wk, Test 13, which would most likely be given sometime during 2nd 9wks, Test 21, which would most likely be given sometime during 3rd 9wks, and Test 27, which would be given during 4th 9wks.
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8th Grade Common Core Assessments
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