Sunday, September 5, 2010
First Day of Kindergarten - Pre Assessing Skills
I'd like to share with you my first day of school kindergarten art assessment. It follows the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" written by Bill Martin and illustrated by Eric Carle. It results in a beautiful classroom book. Kids can use it for learning sight words and learning to read each others names. You'll have a record of each student's first kindergarten self-portrait. And a base line to look back on. This lesson is also a fabulous pre-assessment tool. I'd like to thank Kinderkorner www.kindeerkorner.com/assess.html for sharing this. She learned it from a friend of a friend and uses it to assess skills in her regular kindergarten classroom, but "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" is fundamentally a book about color. The beautiful Eric Carle illustrations make it suitable for the first day of art as well.
Here's what you need to get started:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Bill Martin
A pre printed handout page
crayons, pencils or markers
What I did.
Before reading, I asked my students to listen carefully for the word pattern followed in Brown Bear. I told them that when the thought they knew the pattern of the words to join in and "read along".
After reading the book I told my students we were going to make a book that follows the pattern in Brown Bear. I showed them the paper I printed out for them, and I read the top portion of the page (_____, ______ what do you see?) I told them that when they got their paper they were to write their name two times in the blanks.
I asked my students what they thought should go in the middle space. We noticed the words in Brown Bear match the picture on the page. After a couple of tries, students were able to figure out that they would write their name on top, and make a picture of themselves in the middle of the paper. (I specified a head-to-toe self portrait).
I read the bottom of the page to students. (I see _____ looking at me.) I told students that we would leave the bottom space blank. I will fill the name in when the pages are bound together. You can see by the picture that I have not completed that step yet. I'll fill it in when I know whose page will come next.
We took a smiling photo. Two funny face photos. And a final smiling photo.
At the end of class collected their work and did a quick-sort. I separated their work into three piles: Exceeds, Meets, and Not Yet.
Here are the objectives:
Students will be able to...
recognize the word pattern in the book "Brown Bear"
write their name two times in the space provided
draw a head-to-toe self-portrait.
And here's the criteria I used to sort:
Your page has...
your name written two times in the space provided
your name is spelled correctly and your letters are formed correctly
your self-portrait includes: a head and facial features (eyes, nose, mouth and ears or hair)
a clearly defined torso,
arms and legs,
and hands and feet.
I took some notes on the work in the three piles, I noticed I have two students who exceeded the criteria for the project. I found 5 students who met the criteria. And 9 students in the Not Yet pile. In the Not Yet pile I sorted out the students who could write their names and the students who could not. (I know they'll need help in getting their name on their work next week.) I noticed students who are just beginning to make figurative drawings and students who were still feeling the thrill of mark-making and scribbling. I noticed onet student who is able to meet the criteria, but struggled to follow directions. I'll want to keep and eye on that.
I'll be printing out those adorable kindergarten class photos and putting their books together. Great work kindergartners! Next week we'll start our Line Unit. Welcome to art.