This learning activity strategy may be used to conclude any unit of study at any grade level. Each student in the class will need a Gmail address and access to a digital device for this activity (desktop computer, tablet, or laptop).
The following procedures will describe how to utilize Google Classroom to assign students two assessments and provide students with feedback within the scope of the following lesson: "Can an Animal's Traits be Influenced by the Environment?"
1. The teacher will create an assignment on Google Classroom and attach the following Google Doc: "Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Graphic Organizer". (Note: The teacher should select "Make a Copy for Each Student" before creating the assignment. This will allow each student to receive a personal copy of the Doc to make edits, rather than editing the original document.)
2. The students will log on to the Google Classroom. The students will find the assignment on their stream and click "Open". The students will click on the Google Doc: "Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Graphic Organizer" uploaded by the teacher. The students will use their research notes from the earlier part of the lesson to complete their graphic organizer. (Note: The students' work will automatically save to their Google Drive.)
3. After the students complete the graphic organizer, they should navigate back to the Google Classroom assignment and click "Turn In."
4. The teacher should review each student's graphic organizer and provide feedback as a formative assessment. The teacher can provide feedback by typing directly on the Google Doc (using a different color/font than the original document and the student's typing) or by creating a comment (highlight the text, then click on "Add a Comment" on the right side of the document). After providing feedback, the teacher should "Return" the document to the student, so he or she can view the feedback. The teacher may also assign a grade for the assignment.
5. The teacher will create a second assignment on Google Classroom and attach the following Google Doc: "Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Response". (Note: The teacher should select "Make a Copy for Each Student" before creating the assignment. This will allow each student to receive a personal copy of the Doc to make edits, rather than editing the original document.)
6. The students will follow steps 2 and 3 to open, edit, and turn in the assignment. The students will use their notes from the graphic organizer, along with their teacher's feedback, to write a response to the essential question using the claim-evidence-reasoning format.
7. After the students turn in the assignment, there are various options for providing feedback:
- The teacher can provide feedback following the instructions in step 4, assign students a grade for the summative assessment, and return the assignment to the student.
- The teacher can provide feedback to the students and allow them to make corrections before resubmitting the assignment for a grade.
- The students can digitally "share" their Doc with another student. The students can peer edit each other's documents prior to submitting the assignment to the teacher for a grade.