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Appendix 13: ELABORATION rubric

Science Inquiry/Investigation Rubric

Criteria Meets Standard Beginning to Meet Standard Doesn’t Yet Meet Standard
Asks “testable” questions Poses questions based on Asks questions that may or may
based on observations; re- observations. Identifies one not relate to observations. Does
states untestable questions. Variable. Does not consistently not identify a variable. Does not
Identifies variables. distinguish between questions distinguish between questions
Questioning Distinguishes between that can be answered through that can be answered through
questions that can be observation, experiments, and observation, experiments, and
answered through research. research.
observation, experiments,
and research.
Uses logical inferences to Uses logic to make a prediction Not yet able to generate a
predict what may happen or but does not relate it to evidence. hypothesis or logical prediction.
Predicting &
be observed or provides a
reasonable hypothesis
related to evidence.
Student can create a plan Student can develop a fair test Student cannot yet develop a
for a fair test that identifies that includes some of the fair test.
what they will observe and elements of a fair test.
Designing an
measure, includes a
materials list and sequential
steps, and describes
variables and how all but
one will be kept constant.
Follows a plan for the Follows a plan for the Does not follow the plan for the
investigation. Records all investigation. Records some data investigation. Records some
data systematically and but not always systematically or data, but not systematically or
accurately. Records accurately. Records observations accurately. Records some
observations of similarities but not always similarities and observations. Does not always
Investigating and differences. Chooses differences. Chooses appropriate choose appropriate
appropriate measurements measurements but doesn’t always measurements. Draws
and measures accurately. measure accurately. Draws scientifically, but not with many
Draws scientifically with scientifically with proper details.
proper perspective and with perspective and with details as
details as necessary. necessary.
Represents data using Represents data using graphs, Does not represent data in an
graphs, charts, and tables. charts and tables, but may not organized manner. Analyzes
Analyzes data based on have chosen appropriate ones. data but does not base analysis
Analyzing and evidence and results of the Analyzes data based on evidence on results/evidence. Explains
Explaining Data, investigation. Explains data and results of the investigation. data but does not use scientific
Drawing using scientific terminology. Explains data using some terminology. Does not use
Conclusions Uses resources to support scientific terminology. Uses resources to support
explanation. Identifies resources to support explanation. explanation. Cannot identify
problems/flaws with the Cannot identify problems/flaws problems/flaws with the
experimental design. with the experimental design. experimental design.
Considers audience in Communicates a general Communication about
selecting what and how to description of their plan and investigation lacks key
communicate. findings, but omits details about components, clarity, and detail.
Communicating Communicates questions, the data collection and analysis
Investigations investigation plan, data process. Is challenged to critique
and Results collection and analysis, and investigation.
conclusions with accuracy
and clarity. Critiques own
investigation and others.

Adapted from a rubric created for the “Journey North” website, Annenberg Media 1997 -2007