Saturday, June 2, 2012

Seeking Painless Assessments for 5 Year Olds

I am trying to finish up my report cards this weekend and I thought you might like seeing the assessment packet I created to come up with grades on a section of ELA.This seems fairly painless. As I called kids over to retell the story of the 3 little pigs, the other children worked on these pages and enjoyed doing it because it was well within their skill range. No, we did not have to bubble in answers on a standardized test and I still have not been hit with timing children when decoding. Seriously? Have these test designers met a five year old, ever? I hope with CCSS we gain some common sense about young children and do more valid assessment work. The kids loved doing this because they could draw their thinking first. I like to put the rubric right on the page for the kids to see as I check it off. This gives me an opportunity to remind them of what they need to work on. No fuss...
I don't know about you but I hate the piles of assessment that never tell me anything I don't already know!


Busy Bees said...

These look awesome, Fran. Great assessments~

jbales said...

Hi Fran,

It's so good to know I am not alone in thinking that the way we assess children is ridiculous. I love your Three Pigs assessment-I could even see using it in my first grade classroom. Is it for sale?

Camille said...

Well done Fran! I will probably be teaching a TK class next year so will really need to rethink assessment. This looks wonderful!
An Open Door
P.S. In my district kinder has been intructed to start using the Common Core standards instead of the current California standards because by the time our new kinders start taking standardized tests, the CC test will be in place. YIPPEE!!! (Oh, the YIPPEE is for teaching the CC standards, NOT for the standardized test.)

Fran Kramer said...

I am off to my workout but I want to give this away to help others. Thanks for all the positive feedback friends. Please come and see me in Vegas if you are attending the K conference. I miss you Camille!

Dian said...

This is awesome. I too, used The Three Little Pigs to teach story elements, sequence and much more. I would like to do this again next year and your assessments are wonderful. We were using the common core this year also. Would it be possible to use your assessments? Is there a way that you could make an assessment more generic so that it could be used with different stories? Thanks for sharing! Your ideas are great!

Rose said...

Love these Fran and would love a copy. I agree that hopefully with CCSS we will move away from Standardized tests with K. This is the first year our state has not required us to do them. It was great and no tears from students who are b asked to read paragraphs on their own and fill in those bubbles.

Jessica Stanford said...

Looks amazing!

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

applesandabcs said...

This is genius!!!


Laura said...

Fran - Can't wait to meet you in Vegas! I would love a copy of these, how do I get them?

Laura said...

Fran - Can't wait to meet you in Vegas! I would love a copy of these, how do I get them! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

This is awesome-love the rubric!!!!
I miss you!!!!!!! :)

Liz said...

Looks like these would go great with my 3 Little Pigs do we get them?

Heather's Heart said...

I love this Fran!

I just posted a picture of the puppets of the Big, Bad Wolf and one of the little piggies I use for retelling and Readers Theater. I would love for you to come and check them out! =)

You are amazing and I know change can be scary but God is putting you where He needs you. So many teachers and little ones hearts are touched because of YOU! =)

Heather's Heart

Gina said...

Hi, I looooove this!!! Is it for sale?

Wish I was going to Vegas! Have a great summer!!!!