Simple Machines Assessment : Design Challenge (aka. STEM) 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!
-Student Work pages (individual and group)
-Sample project pictures
-Instructions for how to include an optional financial literacy component
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.
Looking for other intermediate Science resources? Check out my Complete Biomes & Adaptations PBL Unit
for original texts and projects or my Dissolution Experiments Set
for some tasty science experiments!
BC Teachers: This unit was designed to go with Science and ADST (Applied Design, Skills & Technology)
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