Grade Level - Third Grade

                            Topic:  Georgia Habitats

                            Submitted by:  F. Jamani

 

Performance Task-GRASPS

Goal:  You will present your knowledge and understanding of Georgia habitats and the organisms that live there.  You will explain the need to preserve these habitats for the plants and animals that live there.

 

Role: You are part of a team selected to present at the Georgia Wildlife Federation Conference.  You will choose a Georgia habitat and present on the needs of the organisms within that habitat.  You will also discuss the effects of pollution on the environment, and what steps we can take to preserve the habitat for the organisms.

Group #1: Mountains

Group #2: Piedmont

Group #3: Marshes & Swamps

Group #4: Coast

Group #5: Atlantic Ocean

 

Audience: Spectators from all across the state, biologists, and officials of the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

 

Situation:  The Georgia Wildlife Federation is hosting a conference about Georgia habitats to inform citizens of the natural treasures that thrive within their state.  After hearing about the thorough study of Georgia habitats in Ms. Jamani's class, the federation has invited the biologists in Ms. Jamani's class to present at the symposium.  The federation would like to have an overview of the plants and animals that live in different regions of Georgia and the features that allow them to thrive there.  They would also like the biologists to inform the audience on steps that citizens can take to preserve the habitats.  After the conference, an exhibit showcasing visuals of the presentation will be open for the audience.  Please provide a visual and a brief report about your research.

 

Product/Performance:  You will work with your group as a team to study one of Georgia's habitats.  You will write, draw, and/or create a visual about one of Georgia's habitats.  The visual may be a poster, a brochure, a powerpoint, or any other form of display.  You will provide a detailed account of the organisms that reside within those environments and the features that allow those organisms to thrive.  You must include at least 3 animals and 2 plants in your visual and report.

 

            Standard/Criteria for Success—see rubric

 

 

 

Georgia Wildlife Conference Rubric

 

CATEGORY

4- Exemplary

3- Accomplished

2- Developing

1- Beginning

Accuracy of Environment

The environment displayed in the visual includes detailed land features and resembles the climate of the area.

The environment displayed in the visual includes general land features and resembles the climate of the area.

The environment displayed in the visual does not include specific land features, but resembles the climate of the area.

The environment displayed in the visual does not include land features, or resemble the climate of the area.

Animals

The visual includes 3 animals that would live in the habitat.

The visual includes 2 animals that would live in the habitat.

The visual includes 1 animal that would live in the habitat.

The visual does not include animals that would live in the habitat.

Plants

The visual includes 2 plants that would grow in the habitat.

The visual includes 1 plant that would grow in the habitat.  

The visual includes plants, but these plants would not grow in the habitat being displayed.

The visual does not include any plants.  

Neatness

The habitat is a very attractive display, and it is easy for the viewer to identify its contents.

The habitat is an attractive display, and most of its contents have been neatly arranged.

The habitat is somewhat neat, but it is difficult to identify all of its contents.

The habitat is not neatly arranged, and its contents are difficult to identify.

Explanation Page

The explanation page includes the name of the habitat, the organisms that would live there, and the conditions that allow the organism to thrive.  It includes ways to preserve the habitat.

The explanation page includes the name of the habitat, the organisms that would live there, and the conditions that allow the organism to thrive.

The explanation page includes the name of the habitat or the organisms in the habitat only.

The explanation page was not completed or was done in a careless manner.

Presentation

The group is able to give a thorough and detailed description of the habitat and its contents.

The group is able to give a somewhat thorough description of the habitat and its contents.

The group presents the habitat with some description of the habitat or its contents.

The group presents the habitat with very little knowledge of its contents and of the habitat itself.

Group Collaboration

The group listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others. Tries to keep people working well together.

The group usually listens to, shares, with, and supports the efforts of others.

The group often listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others, but sometimes are not cooperative and respectful of each other.

The group rarely listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others. They often are not cooperative and respectful of each other.