I just gave students the following formative assessment to my studnets, and it went over really well! My fourth grade students really enjoyed it, so I will defitely be using it again. However, I think it would be appropriate for the middle grades as well due to their connections with technology. The idea behind this assessment was to get studnets thinking about potential test questions and find out what concepts still need to be addressed for tomorrow’s review lesson. The directions read: "You were asking Siri science questions on your phone last night to study for your life science unit test in two days. Write 3 questions and answers you asked Siri about that you think will be on the test. Then finish the text you sent your mom on the bottom. ??"
I created an exit ticket (which could have also been used as an entrance ticket) with a template of an iphone (I just googled an image) with four text boxes in it. The first three boxes had Q: ______________ and A:_________________ sections for students to recourd their potential test questions and answers. Then the final text box contained the following sentence stem: " ? Something I’m still unclear about is..."
This template could then be easily modified to fit other subject areas as well. Hope this helps!