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ERIC Number: EJ1115486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Formative Assessment Probes: Wet Jeans
Keeley, Page
Science and Children, v53 n3 p33-35 Oct 2015
Picture a wet towel or a puddle of water on a hot, sunny day. An hour later, the towel is dry and the puddle no longer exists. What happened to the water? Where did it go? These are questions that reveal myriad interesting student ideas about evaporation and the water cycle--ideas that provide teachers with a treasure trove of data they can use to make informed instructional decisions. The "Wet Jeans" probe is an example of a formative assessment probe called a familiar phenomenon probe, which is designed to elicit students' ideas about a familiar real-world object, system, or event (Keeley, Eberle, and Farrin 2005). This article discusses each of the seven answer choices in this probe, reflecting the many ideas students commonly have about the water cycle.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A