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The Marshmallow Launch: Performance Assessment in Action (Video)

What role do a spoon, rubber band, and marshmallow play in mathematics class? In Monroe, New Hampshire, these items compose the marshmallow launch students use to demonstrate their understanding of angles.

In Sarah Gaudette’s 4th grade classroom at Monroe Consolidated School, real-world learning is one of the foremost tenets of instruction and assessment. The marshmallow launch featured in this “Assessing Angles” video is the culminating—or summative—performance assessment for Sarah’s angles unit. In the video, Sarah explains how a mathematics unit comprised of measuring angles and classifying angles—obtuse, acute, or right—ends with an interactive project for students to demonstrate their understanding.

Check out the video below:


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