Forced Association is an easy formative assessment strategy that allows your students to use their critical thinking skills. Students will be given the task of connecting their learning to four objects that typically have nothing or very little to do with the lesson you are teaching. The great thing about this strategy is that the teacher does not have to have any of the answers – the students will create those on their own. Students will look at the four topics and then write their item on the line. In the space just below that topic the students will write their thoughts on this “forced association.”
This tool helps the teachers get a feel for whether or not a student or group of students grasped the material. This information will help the teacher differentiate instruction for his/her students by knowing who might need some reteaching/review and who is ready for extensions.
The power of this strategy occurs when students get a chance to share their forced associations. Often times it allows any student who may not have completely grasped the concepts a chance to learn from their peers.
I have designed this so that the teacher could make a stack of copies of this sheet, cut them in half so they are ready to go at a moment’s notice. Formative assessments can happen before, during, or after the learning has occurred.
** This is one of two forced associations I have for sell. Getting the second one will give you eight different items. Having a variety could be helpful!
** Also, I have many other formative assessment strategies like this one on my site that have become very popular!