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2nd Gr. Performance Rubric

Group Self Evaluation Form

Nature Trail Project Rubric

•This assessment is divided into three sections

1. Gathering of information for the project

2. Creating new information

3. Communicating of new information

•The rubric is divided into four parts

1. The skill we want the students are to acquire (Skill:)

2. The breakdown of the skills into components the students needs to demonstrate (Indicators:)

3. The score the student earns ( 0 to 3)

To earn a "3" the student needs to demonstrate mastery of all the elements listed in "Indicators"

To earn a "2" the student needs to demonstrate most of the elements (one or two elements not evident)

A score of "0" or "1" is earned by little or no effort or lack of evidence that


4. The prescriptive action needed by the student to reach a level 3


Gathering information

Action needed
Demonstrates the ability to identify the appropriate question to identify and their appropriateness to the project goal

•takes primary leadership role in process

•identifies appropriate questions

•can relate questions to goal of project 


Demonstrates the ability to set up appropriate observation stations and other data collection devices


•Based on information available, can setup observation stations

can"program"computer hardware and software for the recording of data

Demonstrates the ability to collect appropriate data and keep it organized

•can collect important, meaningful data,

•discriminates good from bad information

•can organize information appropriately

Demonstrates the ability to use resource materials including the internet and 
outside experts

•can utilize the Internet for collecting information

•can make appropriate use of outside experts

•makes appropriate use of traditional research materials as needed


Generating new information

Action needed
Demonstrates the ability to synthesize data collected into a format conducive to reporting effectively

•data is organized into useful format

• data is used appropriately ( i.e.: numerical data is used to generate spreadsheets,)

• unimportant information is discarded



Demonstrates the ability to use computer software to generate reports

•can use word processing software

•can use spreadsheets to generate charts and graphs

•can use database software to organize data

•can use multimedia software to generate presentations (including web editors)

Demonstrates proficiency in report writing

•no (or minor ) grammatical or spelling errors

•report well formatted for purpose (web publications)

•report content addresses research questions


Communicating new information

Action needed
Demonstrates the ability to effectively use web pages to communicate information generated

•web pages are well organized

•all mechanics of page work correctly (i.e. links, graphics

Demonstrates the ability to ability to present findings, orally to s group

•speaks clearly, confidently

•body posture is appropriate

•all points covered appropriately


Demonstrates the ability to use feedback

•can answer follow up questions

•makes appropriate accomodations based on feedback


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Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Chuck Bouthilet, Greg Paulsen, & Paul Uhren
School: Unity School District, Balsam Lake,WI 54810
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001