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James Pitka.
Courtesy of Megan Holloway
James Pitka.

Ideally, assessment includes evaluation of conceptual understanding, hands-on (project based) experiences, application of knowledge, and communication of learning. The following may assist you in this task: 

Portfolios - This is a collection of representative student work which may include journals, photos, and videos of special student projects. You may also wish to include anecdotal records, summaries of parent/teacher communication, and performance evaluations.

Anecdotal Records - Keep written records of observations that verify students' understanding of key concepts learned/taught during lessons and projects. Use these to assist in student and parent conferencing.

Student Conferences - Ask students to discuss their most interesting lesson/project. Guide them with questions like:

*What did you enjoy about this lesson/project?

*What did you learn in participating in this lesson/project?

*What were the results?

*What variables could have affected your results?

*What conclusions can you draw from the results?

*Could this information be of use to you in some other area?

Record student responses in writing or with a tape recorder/video.

Parent Conferencing - Discuss portfolios, student conferences, anecdotal records, and performance evaluations. Ask the parents for their suggestions and their evaluation of the lessons/projects.

Performance Evaluations - Use this to evaluate individual student performance. The Rubrics for experiments/projects and writing may also be used.


Circle the number that best reflects the frequency with which each behavior is observed.



Demonstrates understanding of important scientific concepts.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Demonstrates understanding of Important cultural concepts.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Keeps accurate notes and journals.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Organizes data through categorizing and ordering.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Draws logical conclusions from data gathered and project results.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Clearly communicates learning.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Compares results of projects with other similar projects.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Relates prior knowledge to new learning.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Makes connections across the curriculum.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Makes inferences.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Applies cultural knowledge to solve problems.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Demonstrates appropriate use of equipment.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Demonstrates curiosity.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Is able to work cooperatively.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

All work is completed.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Work is completed on time

0 1 2 3 4 5 6





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In A Sacred Manner, by Wilson Justin

Learn & Serve Focus Groups

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Interview of Elders

Clans of Chistochina & Mentasta

Why Are We Here?

Who We Are

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Our Way of Life

Mapping the Village

What A Waste

Raw Materials

Our Natural Resources


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Water, Water

Our Watershed

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Where Does Our Food Come From?

Gathering, Traditions and Nutrition of our Food

Keeping Ourselves Healthy

A Student Led Health Fair

Assessment & Performance Evaluation


Learn & Serve Program

Sources, Resources

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Last modified August 17, 2006