Informal Assessment Ideas for Social Studies

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

It's important to understand what your students have learned, but not all assessments have to be written tests. This lesson contains some quick ways to informally assess student learning in the social studies classroom.

Informal Assessment

Effective teachers assess student understanding on a regular basis with informal assessments. These assessments provides quick, useful data that helps teachers tailor instruction midstream. In this lesson, we'll explore informal assessment ideas that target the social studies classroom at a variety of grade levels. You can choose the strategies that best fit your students and the grade level you teach.


One of the most tried-and-true forms of informal assessment is questioning. Asking students questions about a lesson can give you valuable information about how well they understand it. Here are some things to consider to make your questions more effective.

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