Are you looking for a way to introduce scales
and rubrics to your students?
I have found that it is a difficult concept for some younger students to understand. My students were better able to comprehend the concept when I started the lesson by discussing non-academic activities.
I explained that everyone learns things at different times. We discussed how some students can ride a bike without training wheels and some aren’t at that point yet. We talked about how some students are good at ice skating while others are good at football. I made sure that I gave examples of items that I wasn’t proficient at too!
Next, I introduced the students to the scale we would be using in class. You can find the scale and read more about the discussion in this download.
After our discussion, I passed out the sheets of paper to the students. They did NOT put their names on the papers. This way each response is anonymous and there isn’t any room for judging others. I have them use pencils to circle the number telling me where they felt they would be for each activity. Then they cut on the lines and put their papers in a pile on the table. I collect them and put them all together.
The next step can take awhile, so I typically choose to do it myself but it could be done together as a group. I separate out all of the responses into piles according to the rating on the scale. Then I glue them onto large pieces of bulletin board paper or poster board. I label the center of each paper (printable labels included) and glue the pictures around them. These are used throughout the beginning of the year as a reference and as a way to show that we are all at different places in our learning. After completing this activity my students were very aware of their learning and were able to self-assess their academic skills with very little assistance!
I hope your little learners will enjoy this activity. Mine loved it! If you have any questions, please contact me!
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