Science/Strand IV/Content Standard 3/Elementary/Benchmark 1
Assessment Example

Students will describe the motion of a ball that has been kicked, rolled, and thrown in terms of speed, direction, and change of direction using precise description. Each student will draw a picture of the motion with labels or arrows to show the descriptions. Vocabulary should include the following: fast, faster, slow, slower, left, right, up, down, north, south, east, and west. Students will compare their pictures in small groups and discuss differences they observe.

Each student will choose two pictures of the same motion that show different labels and arrows. Then the student will write a paragraph explaining the differences and identifying which description is the most accurate.

(Give students rubric before activity.)

Scoring Rubric

Criteria

Apprentice

Basic

Meets

Exceeds

Completeness of picture

Creates incomplete pictures; missing many labels and arrows showing speed and direction.

Creates incomplete pictures; missing some labels and arrows showing speed and direction.

Creates incomplete pictures; missing a few labels and arrowsshowing speed and direction.

Completes pictures; missing no labels or arrows showing speed and direction.

Accuracy of evaluation

Evaluates pictures of motion using either direction or speed vocabulary.

Evaluates pictures of motion using both direction and speed vocabulary, but uses few accurate details in describing differences.

Evaluates pictures of motion using both directional and speed vocabulary, and uses some accurate details in describing differences.

Evaluates pictures of motion using both directional and speed vocabulary, and uses many accurate details in describing the differences.