Planning GuideGrade 4
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Solving Equations

Strand: Patterns and Relations (Variables and Equations)
Outcomes: 5, 6

Step 4: Assess Student Learning

Guiding Questions

  • Look back at what you determined as acceptable evidence in Step 2.
  • What are the most appropriate methods and activities for assessing student learning?
  • How will I align my assessment strategies with my teaching strategies?

Sample Assessment Tasks

In addition to ongoing assessment throughout the lessons, consider the following sample activities to evaluate the students' learning at key milestones. Suggestions are given for assessing all students as a class or in groups, individual students in need of further evaluation, and individual or groups of students in a variety of contexts.  

A. Whole Class/Group Assessment

Note: Performance-based assessment tasks are under development.

Examples of Group Assessment  Word

B. One-on-One Assessment

Examples of One-On-One Assessment  Word

C. Applied Learning

Provide opportunities for the students to use equations in a practical situation and notice whether or not the understanding of equations transfers. For example, ask how many booklets can be made to create stories for primary children if there are 126 pages and each booklet has 9 pages. Does the student:

  • recognize that the answer to the problem must be less than 126?
  • need to use smaller numbers initially to determine what operation to use in solving the problem?
  • represent the problem by counting the pages and removing groups of 9 until all the pages have been used?
  • use a variety of division and multiplication equations to represent the problem when asked to do so?
  • respond that more booklets can be made if asked to determine the effect of using 6 pages per booklet instead of 9?

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