Elementary Formative Assessment Lessons

Published: 3/2/2017 1:55 PM
These lessons are instructional tools that utilize effective instructional practices and utilize strategies based on the work of Dylan Wiliam’s 5 Key Strategies for Formative Assessment. These elementary lessons were designed by the Kentucky Department of Education and field-tested by Kentucky teachers. They follow the same format as the "formative assessment lessons" or classroom challenges for grades 6-12 found at the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) Mathematics Assessment Project. Lessons such as these provide instructional support for the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC).  Kentucky is a participating state in the Mathematics Design Collaborative and as such has included the MDC work as a strategy in the Novice Reduction for Gap Closure Instruction plan.
Each formative assessment lesson or classroom challenge is designed to be part of an instructional unit and should be implemented approximately two-thirds of the way through the instructional unit. The results should then be used to inform the instruction that will take place for the remainder of your unit. Instructional practices embedded in the lessons should be utilized throughout instruction.
As with the formative assessment lessons or classroom challenges for grades 6-12, there are two types of elementary lessons:
  • Concept development lessons that are meant to first reveal students’ prior knowledge, then develop students’ understanding of important mathematical ideas, connecting concepts to other mathematical knowledge.
  • Problem solving lessons are meant to assess, then develop, students’ ability to apply their mathematical knowledge and reasoning in flexibly ways to non-routine, unstructured problems –within mathematics and with real world applications. Problem solving lessons allow for different entry points with multiple strategies and often span several grade levels.
Concept Development Lessons
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5
Problem Solving Lessons
Grades K-3
Grades 1-4
Grades 4-6
Grades 4-8
Krista Hall
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Program Standards
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