I use these daily. The students now have the scale memorized; however, with each standard the scale will change a little bit. I post these separate parts of the standard (the standards unwrapped) on my PowerPoint throughout the lessons.
The “GOAL” I have for the kids that day is the level 3 - this is where I want them to be when the lesson is over. If they are a one or two, they decide that based on their work they complete and if they were able to do it alone or with help (with math you can judge it based on how many you get wrong/right on homework or classwork).
The level 4 is always something above and beyond. Some reach that level, but not all. This is OKAY! You want them at a 3 - a four is just extra awesome!!
Seen in photo of my bulletin board:
My students created their little number cards on 1 inch x 1 inch pieces of cardstock I cut up and stuck to magnets. They simply move their number over to the section that tells me which level (1, 2, 3, or 4) they feel they are at. See more about this on my blog: