What are Constructed Response prompts? How do you use them?

Constructed Response prompts allow teachers to assess student understanding of a given concept at a higher depth of knowledge than traditional question formats like multiple choice and fill in the blank. Freckle currently offers 3 different constructed response prompts for every standard in domains covered throughout middle school and Algebra I. Each constructed response prompt falls into one of the following categories:

  • Conceptual: Conceptual constructed response prompts are designed to get at the heart of the concept being assessed in whichever format best fits.
  • Visual: Visual constructed response prompts are designed to help students visualize the concept being assessed. 
  • Situational: Situational constructed response prompts are designed to place students in a real-world situation where they may encounter the concept being assessed.

These constructed response prompts have myriad uses in the classroom, including:

  • Test prep - The prompts mirror constructed response prompts found on high-stakes testing.
  • Groupwork - The prompts are a great way to foster collaboration as students work together on more difficult problems.
  • Do Now - Many teachers elect to use the prompts as a review of previously covered material when students walk in and get settled for class.
  • Exit Tickets - These prompts are a great way to determine whether your students truly understood the material. The nature of the prompts prevents students from being able to guess or narrow down answer choices.

In order to use the constructed response prompts in your classroom, just follow the steps below!

  1. Log into your teacher dashboard at classroom.freckle.com
  2. Click on "Math" under the Subjects heading
  3. Select "Math Content" from the dropdown menu
  4. Click on "Apply Math to real world contexts"
  5. Under the Constructed Response section, click on "Assign a Constructed Response"
  6. Browse the prompts by standard until you find the prompt that works best for your needs
  7. Print a copy for each student and let them give it a try!
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