Formative Assessment Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce your preservice teachers to formative assessment. Preservice teachers will read two text lessons, discuss formative assessments, and plan a sample unit that incorporates several formative assessments.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define formative assessment
  • incorporate various formative assessment strategies into a unit


60-90 minutes


  • One of the most impactful aspects of this lesson is your use of formative assessments as you teach these concepts to your preservice teachers. At first, they may not know that you are using these strategies, but it will be helpful to make a mental note of which formative assessments you are using and to list them out at some point in the lesson. This will allow your preservice teachers to experience formative assessment from a student point-of-view.

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