Science/Strand V/Content Standard 3/Elementary/Benchmark 2
Instructional Example

Benchmark Question: What are the relationships between human activities and the atmosphere?

Focus Question: How do the temperature and precipitation for each season affect what we wear?

The teacher will ask students, “What are the four seasons?” Students might come up with the names of the seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The teacher will ask students how they use their senses to know it is spring, summer, fall, or winter. The teacher will compile the students’ observations in a data table. The teacher will ask questions that will help students make connections between changes in temperatures and kinds of precipitation.

The teacher will ask students to talk about the temperature and precipitation for each season and discuss the type of clothing appropriate for each season. Students will add this information to the data table.

Constructing: (SCI.I.1.E.1), (SCI.I.1.E.2), (SCI.I.1.E.5).

Reflecting: (SCI.II.1.E.1), (SCI.II.1.E.4).

 

Science/Strand V/Content Standard 3/Elementary/Benchmark 2
Assessment Example

Students will draw a series of pictures in the order of the seasons. The pictures will show precipitation and people wearing appropriate clothing for each season. Students will compare and contrast their pictures with others in small groups (i.e., students will compare winter coats, hats, and mittens with summer shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits).

(Give students rubric before activity.)

Scoring Rubric

Note: Precipitation will be perceived differently by different students. We are taught early on how “wet” it is in spring; while statistically, the most precipitation comes in the summer because warm air can “hold” more moisture. The driest season statistically also happens to be the snowiest, namely, the winter.

Criteria

Apprentice

Basic

Meets

Exceeds

Correctness of order

Incorrect order with no labels for seasons.

Correct order with some incorrect labels for seasons and no details.

Correct order with correct labels for seasons and some details.

Correct order with correct labels for seasons and many details.

Correctness of precipitation

Incorrect precipitation for more than one season.

Incorrect precipitation for one season.

Correct precipitation for all seasons and some details.

Correct precipitation for all seasons and many details.

Appropriateness of clothing

Incorrect clothing for more than one season.

Incorrect clothing for one season.

Correct clothing for all seasons and some details.

Correct clothing for all seasons and many details.

Quality of project

Poor quality.

Average quality.

Above average quality.

Excellent quality.