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4.1 Early Elementary Classroom Example

In Unit 2, Ms. Kaiser implemented a number of CCSS-aligned instructional practices, including close reading techniques, to help her students learn about rules and laws and why they are important in their community.

Teacher understanding of the purpose and outcomes of instruction helps guide the selection of both formative and summative assessment measures and how to use the data from those measures. The chart below describes the learning objectives and types of assessment used by Ms. Kaiser to measure student progress. The most relevant Grade 1 CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy are indicated in parentheses.

Assessment Planning Guide

Curriculum Priority

Content Learning Objective

(Main CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy)

Type of Assessment



Worth Being Familiar

Rules and Laws are all around us.

(R1,2&4; SL1&5; L4)

Informal dialogue

Student drawings


Important to Know and Do

Students will understand what rules and laws are.

(R1,2&4; SL1&5; L4)

Student drawings

Observation of pair-share dialogue.


Enduring Understanding

Students will understand why laws are important in their community.

(R1,2&4; W2&8; SL14&5; L1)

Small group dialogue.


Tableaux/role play situations.

Write informative/ explanatory text.

Formal presentation using technology.


Review Unit 2 to see how Mrs. Kaiser embedded these formative assessment practices in her instruction.