How are you going to know that students have met grade level expectations?
What will we accept as evidence of student understanding and their ability to use (transfer) their learning in new situations? How will we evaluate student performance in fair and consistent ways? Let's think about how we can determine assessment evidence with the units of study for reading. You will want to think about how you can collect notes and record milestones for each of your students as readers. You want to have routines and systems in place for getting to know each of your readers.
Ways to Collect Evidence
Assessment at the Start of the Year
When you begin the year, I encourage you to lay out your curriculum and school calendar and plan an assessment schedule, especially those assessments that will stretch across a whole unit or multiple units of study. Let's talk about getting to know your readers at the start of the year.
Here are some ways to assess your students at the start of the year:
As you plan your first unit...
Last year's reading levels can give you a great place to start when making instructional decisions. As you look at your class' reading levels and you are noticing that they are reading significantly below grade level for the beginning of the year, then you might want to look in the IF...THEN...Curriculum for a different unit to start with as an extension to Unit 1. Here's an example:
The first reading unit I taught in 2nd grade was: "Second-Grade Reading Growth Spurt."
But then I look at my students' reading levels coming into 2nd grade and I see majority of them are below benchmark.
So, now I'm going to look in the IF...THEN...CURRICULUM to determine which unit would best fit my students' needs before I launch the Unit 1 spiral.
As you can see, I have 3 options for my 2nd graders:
Well, I need to go back to student data. What skills did majority of my students lack that I need to teach and coach into?
After analyzing my student data so more...this is what I noticed:
My students' fluency and decoding scores were low. They need to practice strategies for solving words and for reading smoothly and quickly. So I have decided to do a couple of weeks of the unit called "Word Detectives Use All They Know to Solve Words" before I launch into the Unit 1 spiral.
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