Click on the picture below to see the Grade 5 Curriculum at a Glance!
If you were to use an analogy for assessing student learning, think baseball, hockey, track, dance, piano, gymnastics, musical theatre, or any other sport or activity that involves practicing before a game, recital, performance, or show.
Formative assessment is all the practice that a student does during the learning process to gain skills, attitudes, and understandings of the concepts being taught. In sports, this would be attending the practices where the fundamentals of the game are taught and learned through various ways, skills are perfected through drills, and game awareness is learned through scrimmages. In the school classroom, the students practice what they are learning when they do "assignments", "homework", "quizzes"... During the learning process, students know where they are going, where the are now, and how they can close the gap. There are strategies that we use as teachers to help the students answer these questions. They include: providing clear learning targets, showing students examples of strong and weak work, providing feedback, encouraging students to set goals and self assess, providing direction for improvement in small, manageable amounts, and self reflecting. As in the sporting venue or school classroom the student is given practice time to develop and learn without penalty. Therefore, these tasks do NOT have grades assigned to them and do NOT count towards their report card mark.
It's Game Day!!!! After a concept, skill, or process has been taught and practiced there will come a time when students are expected to demonstrate their learning before moving onto new concepts. These "tests", "unit exams", "projects"... will count towards the students' report card grade.
Tasks that are summative and formative will be assigned the following:
5-Student demonstrates an excellent performance and understanding of the learner outcomes by extending his/her learning and applying his/her knowledge. (“WOW!)
4 -Student demonstrates a consistent performance and proficient understanding of the learner outcome. (“YES!”)
3-Student demonstrates an acceptable performance and basic understanding of the learner outcome. (“ON THE RIGHT TRACK!”)
2- Student demonstrates a developing understanding with inconsistencies in understanding the learner outcome. (“GETTING THERE”)
1- Student is experiencing difficulties meeting the learner outcome (“NOT YET”)
On the report card, individual outcomes will be chunked into the major strands of each subject area, and one grade will be determined.
Health, Art, Music, Physical Education, Character Education/Religion:
These subjects are marked using an E, A, N.
E - Excellent
A - Average
N - Needs Improvement.