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1 NATURE OF SCIENCE Teacher Rubric 0 = No effort seen in the majority of class activities. OVER ALL / 10 possible 1. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 2. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? OVER ALL / 20 possible 1. Can the student verbally answer questions regarding the nature of science 2. Does the student use correct grammar? 3. Does the student give valid evidence to support written answers? 4. Can the student read and use new vocabulary in context? Vocabulary = theory, hypothesis, variable, control, data, systematic ACTIVITY: Comparing scientific theories. OVER ALL /20 possible 1. Can the student explain the systematic nature of scientific method? 2. Can the student compare and contrast the conflicting theories? 3. Can the students explain why open communication is important in science? 4. Can the student compare and contrast at least 4 science disciplines. TEST/QUIZ: At least 10 questions concerning the nature of science. / 10 possible,

2 ETHICAL PRACTICES & SCIENCE and SOCIETY Teacher rubric OVER ALL / 10 possible 1. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 2. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? OVER ALL / 20 possible 1. Can the student verbally answer questions concerning the ethical practices in science 2. Does the student use correct grammar? 3. Does the student give valid evidence to support written answers? 4. Can the student read and use new vocabulary in context? Vocabulary = ethics, morality, informed consent ACTIVITY: Comparing science careers. 1. Can the student describe at least 3 science jobs that might involve ethical conflicts? 2. Can the student describe how a non-science career can be influenced by science? 3. Can the students explain why open communication is important in science? OVER ALL /20 possible 4. Can the student compare and contrast at least 4 science disciplines. TEST/QUIZ: At least 10 questions regarding ethical practices and science in society. / 10 possible

3 DOING SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY Teacher rubric OVER ALL / 15 possible 1. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 2. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? 3. Does the student consistently use appropriate safety precautions? OVER ALL / 20 possible 1. Does the student present findings using clear language? 2. Can the student develop and read graphs, tables, and technology? 3. Can the student use mathematical models for analysis? 4. Can the student explain acronyms and vocabulary? Vocabulary = OSHA, MSDS, ventilation, model ACTIVITY: Existing scientific theories. OVER ALL /25 possible 1. Can the student explain the systematic nature of scientific research? 2. Can the student explain how a scientific explanation can be revised? 3. Can the students explain why open communication is important in science? 4. Can the student compare and contrast results of different group s results in the class? 5. Can the student draw a conclusion based on evidence from a test?

4 CHARACTERISTICS AND STRUCTURES OF LIFE Teacher rubric OVER ALL / 10 possible 1. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 2. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? OVER ALL / 15 possible 1. Can the student verbally answer questions concerning the structure of cells? 2. Does the student give valid evidence to support written answers? 3. Can the student read and use new vocabulary in context? Vocabulary = chromosome, mitochondria, chloroplast, homeostasis differentiation, prokaryote, eukaryote, virus, cilia, flagella OVER ALL / 25 possible 1. Can the student list the key elements in all cells? 2. Can the student summarize the processes of cell division? 3. Can the student explain why cells are differentiated? 4. Can the student describe the basic structure and function of cell organelles? 5. Can the student describe at least 4 cellular processes? TEST/QUIZ: At least 10 questions concerning the structures of life. / 10 possible

5 HEREDITY Teacher rubric OVER ALL / 10 possible 1. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 2. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? 1. Can the student answer questions concerning aspects of heredity OVER ALL / 10 possible 2. Can the student read and use new vocabulary in context? Vocabulary = gene, allele, heredity, mutation, segregation, dominant, Recessive, inheritance, genetic variation OVER ALL / 25 possible 1. Can the student describe the basic structure and replication of DNA? 2. Can the student summarize the sources of genetic variation? 3. Can the student explain the basic concepts of inheritance? 4. Can the student describe the difference between genotype and phenotype? 5. Can the student use a Punnett s square to evaluate inherited traits? TEST/QUIZ: At least 15 questions concerning heredity. / 15 possible

6 DIVERSITY and INTERDEPENDENCE of LIFE Teacher rubric OVER ALL / 10 possible 1. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 2. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? OVER ALL / 10 possible 1. Can the student answer questions concerning aspects ecological diversity 2. Can the student read and use new vocabulary in context? Vocabulary = photosynthesis, fermentation, respiration, chemosynthesis, adaptation, ecosystem, biome, sustainable, equilibrium, diversity 1. Can the student describe at how matter and energy cycles through the environment? OVER ALL / 40 possible 2. Can the student describe how living organisms use matter and energy to synthesize molecules that they need to survive? 3. Can the student explain the concept of carrying capacity? 4. Can the student relate an organism s attributes to its ability to survive in an environment? 5. Can the student evaluate the affect of change on an ecosystem? 6. Can the students use the biological classification system? 7. Can the student describe ways humans can effect the environment? 8. Can the students explain how biological resources can be used to effect quality of human life?

7 EVOLUTIONARY THEORY Teacher rubric SKILLS: OVER ALL / 10 possible 1. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 2. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? 1. Can the student answer questions concerning evolutionary theory 2. Can the student read and use new vocabulary in context? Vocabulary = evolution, inheritance, variation, natural selection, Genetic drift, immigration, diversity 1. Can the student describe how changes in gene frequency cause new species and is the basis of biological evolution? OVER ALL / 10 possible OVER ALL / 40 possible 2. Can the student describe how natural selection causes inherited variation? 3. Can the student explain why the population of organisms with advantageous characteristics will increase? 4. Can the student compare and contrast the theories of Darwin and Lamark and explain how Mendellian genetics relates to their theories? 5. Can the student explain how complex multicellular organisms evolved from single celled organisms? 6. Can the student evaluate the effect of environmental change on the Survival value of an inherited characteristic? 7. Can the student relate natural selection, genetic drift, immigration, and mutation to evolutionary theory? 8. Can the students explain why evolutionary theory is still being investigated?

8 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES and SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS Teacher rubric OVER ALL / 10 possible 3. Is the student participating in class discussions or activities? 4. Has all homework and assignments been completed on time? 1. Can the student answer questions concerning science innovations OVER ALL / 15 possible 2. Does the student give valid evidence to support written answers? 3. Can the student read and use new vocabulary in context? Vocabulary = biotechnology, stem cell, cloning OVER ALL / 15 possible 1. Can the student explain how new scientific ideas develop? 2. Can the student describe 3 advances in science that have had long lasting effects on society? ACTIVITY investigate an emerging scientific issue 1. Has the student adequately investigated and explained an emerging scientific issue? TEST/QUIZ: At least 20 questions concerning science history and revolutions. / 20 possible

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