Planning GuideGrade 5
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One-step Equations

Strand: Patterns and Relations (Variables and Equations)
Outcomes: 2, 3

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 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

Examples of Whole Class/Group Assessment  Word Document

B. One-on-One Assessment

Examples of One on One Assessment  Word Document

C. Applied Learning

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

  • represent the problem by using an appropriate equation using a letter variable?
  • recognize that the answer to the problem must be less than 126?
  • need to use smaller numbers initially to determine what operation to use when 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 with letter variables 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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