Wombat Rex: FOUNDATION - Science - Evaluate
One night, Nanna teaches Little J, Big Cuz and Levi about the star constellations through stories of the past. At school, Ms Chen encourages the students to investigate the evidence of dinosaurs. Little J and Levi set out to find evidence of dinosaurs themselves, happening upon the fossil of Diprotodon, also called Wombat Rex.
Evaluate - Share observations and ideas
Theme - DINOSAUR
Evaluate what students have learnt (know and can do) from the activities in relation to the Science curriculum. Assess the success of the module through reflecting on students’:
- posing and responding to questions about the behaviours and properties of everyday objects, materials and living things
- participating in guided inquiries about the changes in the world around them, particularly seasonal, engaging in discussion about the aging process of living and non-living matter
- sharing information and ideas about the relationship between dinosaurs and fossils.
As a culmination of the learning in the module, students could:
- create a dinosaur poster listing the names of Australian dinosaurs, when they lived, and where they lived
- create bone plaster casts of dried meat bones to use as the basis for a ‘Find the Fossil’ archaeological, sandpit game
- design and create a new ‘Snakes and Ladder game’ using different dinosaurs as the snakes and ladders; ask students to categorise which dinosaurs will be the ladders and which will be snakes
- calculate the time it takes to get to a significant landmark and come back;
- create a sundial and record the change of shadows on the ground; calculate when night starts and ends.
Student evaluation tools
Students could self-evaluate their learning using a ‘monitoring’ journal (physical or digital) where the teacher lists the key understandings and concepts students needed to acquire through the module.
Where applicable, a self-evaluation could be constructed as a poll rating their responses using.
Use Early Years writing using rubrics (PDF) to provide feedback to students using the rubric.
Students can use a learning worm to evaluate their work, adapted from:
- Learning Worm (PDF), Eduweb, DET Victoria.
Teacher reflection tools
Reflect on your teaching of the module. What worked well? What needs more work? What would you add/change/omit in future?
Ask students to rate your efforts and recommend areas for improvement. You may wish to refer to broader resources for reflection or for gaining feedback, for example: