Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Beginning of Year Assessment

Happy Sunday!

I know that I just posted yesterday.  But, I came up with a great idea at about 4:30 this morning.  I'm not sure why I get my best ideas during the night or in the shower but that is usually how it happens.  Anyways, I was thinking about the assessment that I give my students on the 1st or 2nd day of school and then again at the end of each quarter.  (This isn't an original idea, I have it on another teacher's website several years ago and of course I don't remember where I found it.  If you know, please let me know so I can give that teacher credit.)  The assessment shows how the student writes his/her name, draws a picture of himself/herself, and writes the letters and numbers he/she knows.  The paper has 4 different boxes for the students to write/draw in.  The boxes have shapes in the corner so the student can easily find the correct box.  Before, I just drew the lines to divide the paper into 4 parts and drew the shapes in the corner.  But early this morning, I thought it would be a great idea to make a worksheet that looked more professional.  So that is what I'm sharing with you today.

In the box with the circle in the corner, the student writes his/her name.  In the box with the triangle in the corner the student draws a picture of himself/herself.  In the box with the star in the corner, the student writes all the letters he/she knows.  In the box with the heart in the corner, the student writes all of the numbers he/she knows.  As the school year progresses, many of my students can write more numbers than fit in the box.  I let those students turn over the paper and write the numbers on the back of the paper.  Also, don't forget to write the date the students take the assessment on the papers.  This makes it easier to put them in the correct order when sharing with parents.

My school has student-led conferences at the end of the 1st quarter and the end of the 3rd quarter.  Even my most outgoing students can become VERY quiet when 2 or 3 adults are listening/watching them.  So this assessment is a great way to get my students to talk during the conference.  Both the parents and students (and I can't lie, me too) love to see the students' progress during the school year.  Many of my students come to school barely able to write their names and by the end of the 3rd quarter the student is able to write his/her first and last name (with correct letter formation). 

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Nicole said...

I always get my best ideas in the middle of the night and in the shower, too! haha! Just found your blog!
Rowdy in Room 300

Shawna said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing this on Manic Monday!!
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

Sallie Neal said...

Thanks for the freebie! You were one of the two ahead of me on the Classroom Freebie linky party. Hope you'll check out my blog for my freebie!

Teaching With a Passion

Cindy Foreman said...

Hi! I gave you and award! Come to my blog to pick it up!! Thank you for sharing such great ideas!!
Krazy Kindergarten Teacher

Sue Lattea said...

Thank you all for the kind comments. I am following all of your blogs now.

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