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Simple Machines Assessment : Design Challenge (aka. STEM or STEAM) and a written test.
This product gives you two ways to assess your students' understanding of Simple Machines.
1) The hands-on Design Challenge (STEM/STEAM activity) will have your students working together to design and build their own simple and compound machines out of recycled materials. It requires students to plan, conduct, innovate, and communicate orally and in writing! My students and I love this project because it gives them an opportunity to be creative and work cooperatively. I also appreciate that it lets students who struggle with reading and writing shine; even if their written component is lacking I can still assess them based on their creation and oral sharing. Another reason I love it - most (if not all) of the supplies required for this project are free! I have included instructions for ways you can include financial literacy in this product with a few simple tweaks.
2) The Simple Machines Test is a traditional, twenty-five point written assessment that I like to use in combination with my Design Challenge. It enables me to assess what students know in a different way. Students who struggle to work with others or communicate orally can still show me what they know. When a student's created machine did not quite turn out the way they had hoped, this test gives them a 'second chance' to show me they understand the material. This test features fill-in-the-blanks, multiple choice, illustrations of machines to identify, and short-answer questions to choose from.