Assignment Rubrics

While Dr. Merritt does not have assignment rubrics available for every single assignment used during the semester, rubrics are available for many of the most commonly encountered assignments. The number of available rubrics will increase each semester, so be sure to check this page often for newly added rubrics. Also, be sure to ‘refresh’ or ‘reload’ your page so that any newly added rubrics are revealed since the last time you visited this page. The assignment rubrics are organized by assignment type.

An important message to students: It is recommended that you make use of an assignment rubric before completing and submitting an assignment because each rubric lists many of the key criteria upon which your assignment will be evaluated.

SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS


DESCRIPTIVE INVESTIGATIONS

Identifying Variables – Descriptive (observable, measurable)
Writing Research Questions – Descriptive
Drawings – no points
Drawings – points
Thick Description(s)
– Animals
– Plants
– Fungi
– Protists
– Bacteria
– Single cells
– Rocks
– Micro-habitats
– Macro-habitats
– Natural phenomena/events
– Chemical reactions

COMPARATIVE INVESTIGATIONS

Identifying Variables – Comparative (observable, measurable)
Writing Research Questions – Comparative
Data tables (3-criteria)
Data tables (9-criteria)
Data tables with words
Data tables with numbers (Statistics)
Data tables with numbers (NO statistics)
Data tables with words and numbers (Hybrid tables)
Charts & Graphs (3-criteria)
Pie Charts
Bar Charts
Histograms
Line Graphs (Line Charts)
Scatter Plots (Scatter Graphs, X/Y Scatter Plots)
Stacked Charts
– Stacked Bar Graphs
– Stacked Area Graphs
Boxplots
– Box-and-Whisker Plots
– Stem-and-Leaf Plots
Sparklines
Kite diagrams

EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS

Identifying Variables – Experimental (manipulated, responding, controlling)
Writing Research Questions – Experimental
Making Hypotheses
Making Predictions
Data tables (3-criteria)
Data tables (9-criteria)
Data tables with words
Data tables with numbers (Statistics)
Data tables with numbers (NO statistics)
Data tables with words and numbers (Hybrid tables)
Charts & Graphs (3-criteria)
Pie Charts
Bar Charts
Histograms
Line Graphs (Charts)
Scatter Plots (Scatter Graphs, X/Y Scatter Plots)
Stacked Charts
– Stacked Bar Graphs
– Stacked Area Graphs
Boxplots
– Box-and-Whisker Plots
– Stem-and-Leaf Plots
Sparklines
Kite diagrams

MODELLING INVESTIGATIONS

[Advanced]

HOMEWORK


MICROTHEMES

ASSESSMENT ANALYSES

CLASSWORK


5-MINUTES ESSAYS (QUICK WRITES)

3…2…1 (THE MOST IMPORTANT THING)

SORT THESE!!!

OBSERVE THIS!!!

MICROTHEMES

MINUTE SKETCHES

FOLDED LISTS

PROJECTS

PERSONAL COLLECTION

LONG-TERM OBSERVATION EXERCISE

WRITING

ARTICLE ANALYSES

Popular Science Article Analyses (PSAAs)
Scientific Articles (SAAs)
– Research Articles
– Review Articles

THE STORY OF __________

Elements

Carbon (C)
Oxygen (O)
Hydrogen (H)
Nitrogen (N)
Phosphorous (P)
Potassium (K)

Molecules (Simple)

Hydrogen gas (H2)
Oxygen gas (O2)
Nitrogen gas (N2)
Carbon monoxide (CO)
Carbon dioxide (CO2)

Molecules (Complex)

Glucose (C6H12O6)
Carbohydrates
Proteins
Lipids
Nucleic Acids

Human Processes

(Food) Digestion
(Blood) Circulation
Breathing (Respiration)
Cellular Respiration
Reproduction

Plant Processes

Photosynthesis
Cellular Respiration
Nutrient transportation
Reproduction in plants
– Flowering
– Pollination
– Fertilization
– Embryogenesis

WHAT IS __________?

Generic

What Is…? – no points
What Is…? – points

Supporting Content Guidelines

Seed
Seedling
Flower
Photosynthesis

THICK DESCRIPTIONS

 

CLASSROOM SCIENCE BINDER


TABLE OF CONTENTS (TOC)

ORGANISM NOTEBOOK ENTRIES

ATOM NOTEBOOK ENTRIES

Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

MOLECULE NOTEBOOK ENTRIES

Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

CONCEPT MEMOS

 

 

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