Science/Strand III/Content Standard 4/Elementary/Benchmark 2
Assessment Example

Each student will invent an animal and design an environment (2D or 3D) that will support the invented animal. Students will develop and explain three physical adaptations and one behavioral adaptation that the animal uses to survive in the environment. Each student will then present the model in class with a two-minute presentation.

(Give students rubric before activity.)

Scoring Rubric

Criteria

Apprentice

Basic

Meets

Exceeds

Design of environment

Designs (with teacher support) an environment that partially camouflages the animal.

Designs (with teacher support) an environment that camouflages the animal.

Designs (without teacher support) an environment that camouflages the animal.

Designs (without teacher support) an environment that camouflages the animal in more than one way.

Design of physical adaptations

Designs one or two physical adaptations.

Designs three physical adaptations.

Designs and explains three physical adaptations.

Designs and explains more than three physical adaptations.

Explanation of behavioral adaptations

Explains a behavioral adaptation.

Develops a behavioral adaptation.

Develops and explains one behavioral adaptation.

Compares behavioral adaptation to real animals.

Effectiveness of oral presentation

Gives an oral presentation with teacher support.

Gives a two-minute oral presentation with organized information and teacher support.

Gives a two-minute oral presentation with organized information.

Gives a two-minute oral presentation with eye contact, appropriate volume, good posture, and organized information.