The I Can is an assessment tool that provides constant feedback to students by visually confirming skill mastery. Skills included are ELA Missouri Learning Standards.
Teachers choose which capitalization skills to focus on, cut out the corresponding labels, and attach each label to a separate tin can. Labels can be attached with tape or magnets. Laminate the labels for repeated use.
Display the labeled I Cans prominently in the classroom and explain their use to the students. Use the capitalization skill pre-assessment to record current skill levels, then demonstrate a chosen skill with a mini-lesson. Students practice the skills in his or her own writing and/or worksheets during further class and small group instruction.
At teacher discretion, or when the student demonstrates consistent use of the skill in his or her work, use the post-assessment to reassess the skill. Students who demonstrate mastery earn a craft stick to decorate and personalize. After the student writes his or her name on the craft stick, he or she will place it in the corresponding I Can. There the personalized craft stick will serve as a visual reminder that the skill has been mastered and empower the student to continue its use consistently in his or her work.
The student will make a new stick for each I Can skill mastered to place in the corresponding can. When all the skills have been mastered, the student can make a final personalized craft stick for the “I Can use correct capitalization” I Can.
Unspecific I Can labels have been included, in case you would like to add another skill, and the Can U? cans may be used to store unused craft sticks until needed.