So, first thing's first. Make sure to check out the Apple A Day linky party over at the Applicious Teacher for more data collection ideas...
and the Make It Monday party at 4th Grade Frolics for some wonderful creative ideas.
I finally came to the conclusion that the best way to combine everything is to simply have the item to be assessed and add a set of 4 boxes underneath that can be checked or used to record info at each of my 4 assessment times (beginning of the year, fall, winter, end of the year).
I know, super simple solution right? Well, that just goes to show where my brain has been this summer that it took me that long to come up with it. Anyway, I decided to make the assessment packet as self-sufficient as possible by putting the letters and numbers out of order. That way, I can simply show the kiddos the packet and eliminate the need for flashcards and lots of extra assessment pieces. Pretty much everything needed for the assessment is included. All you would need other than the packet is a set of math manipulatives for sorting and patterning plus some base ten blocks to see if they know what they mean.
The best part? The whole assessment packet is FREE until MONDAY afternoon!! Make sure you head over and grab it while you can!