Science/Strand III/Content Standard 5/Elementary/Benchmark 3
Assessment Example

Research the ecosystem needed to support life for a specific plant or animal. Design an ecosystem that will include everything needed to sustain life for that specific plant or animal. Then present a model of the environment with a written report that includes the seven needs of life (see Key Concepts). This report may include information about the environmental studies of Rachel Carson, Grace Chow, Aldo Leopold, or another field biologist.

(Give students rubric before activity.)

Scoring Rubric

Criteria

Apprentice

Basic

Meets

Exceeds

Completeness of ecosystem model

Identifies few needs of life.

Identifies some needs of life.

Identifies all needs of life.

Portrays all needs of life with many details.

Accuracy of scientific information

Includes at least one fact related to the scientist who was researched.

Includes at least two facts related to the scientist who was researched.

Includes at least three facts related to the scientist who was researched.

Includes at least four facts related to the scientist who was researched.

Correctness of format

Writes a report with many grammatical errors that interfere with the interpretation of content.

Writes a report with few grammatical errors that interfere with interpretation of content.

Writes a report with few grammatical errors that do not interfere with the interpretation of content.

Writes a report using complete sentences and no errors in capitalization, punctuation, spelling, or indentation.

Completeness of presentation/replica

Reflects research and some life needs.

Reflects research and most life needs.

Reflects research and all life needs.

Reflects research and all life needs, as well as a clear explanation of their relationship in the ecosystem.