This test is a rigorous one question essay test. A thorough rubric and an adapted rubric for SPED/ELL is included. Seven multiple choice questions are also included and can help with scaffolding the test if the teacher chooses to use them. There is a key for the multiple choice questions and an exemplar essay question response.
The test addresses these six organ systems: digestive, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, circulatory, and muscular. This test can take between 45 to 120 minutes depending on the students. It can be given over more than one day if needed. The test is great for the Common Core and a cross-curricular approach to learning.
I created this test for my 7th grade science class, but it can easily be used for much higher grade levels because it assesses learning at such a rigorous level. When I first tried making a test three years ago, all the questions I made and found in other resources seemed low level and rote. That's when I decided an essay test would be the best way to reveal my students' true understanding of the human body. Since creating this test I have adapted it and given it to three different sets of seventh graders. One thing I do every year is tell the students in advance about the format of the test so they can get themselves ready and prepare appropriately. This essay test is the most challenging test I give all year, but it is also the one my students have the highest performance on and the most pride in. Most of my students kept their graded tests all year and showed other teachers. The English teachers and ELL teachers decided to use the student essays in their classes as well, having the students revise and edit their essays during the spring semester. I highly recommend using this test in your classroom.
This Organ System Test Study Guide
will help your students prepare for this test.
The test and study guide can be purchased at a discount as part of the Human Body Organ System Assessment Package
, which also includes a PowerPoint with an activity, review stations, and organ system informational posters to display in the room before the test.
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