Name ___________________________
Our Solar System
Fully meeting expectations, with
enriched understanding (EU)
Fully meeting grade level
expectations (FM)
Mostly meeting grade level
expectations (MM)
Not yet meeting grade level
expectations (NY)
Research the physical
characteristics of the
major components of
the solar system (Sun,
planets, moons,
asteroids, comets)
You can gather and compile useful
information from a variety of digital
and print sources about the physical
characteristics of the solar system.
You can evaluate what information
is valid and current because of
technological developments and
defend your rationale while
continuing to question scientific
knowledge about the solar system.
You can convey your own thoughts
and connections in a meaningful
way.
You can independently gather
and compile useful
information from a variety of
digital and print sources about
the physical characteristics of
the solar system. You can
determine what information is
valid and current and how it
enhances your own
understanding and you can
collect your information
through paraphrasing.
With help, you can gather and
compile some useful
information about the physical
characteristics of the solar
system. You need to determine
what information is valid and
current, paraphrase more
confidently, look in more
sources, and make connections
and convey your own thoughts.
You are having trouble gathering
and compiling useful information
about the physical characteristics of
the solar system. Where can we
locate good information about the
physical characteristics of space?
How do we know if the information
is valid? What does the most recent
information show us about
technological developments? What
does good researching look like?
Represent the physical
characteristics of the
major components of
the solar system (Sun,
planets, moons,
asteroids, comets)
You can confidently design and
create an original representation of
their research that demonstrates a
high level of understanding of the
physical characteristics of the major
components of the solar system. You
can attend to scale and accuracy in
a vivid and careful way.
You can create representations
of your research that
demonstrate an understanding
of the physical characteristics
of the major components of
the solar system and explain
your representation.
With some help, you can create
a basic representation of your
research that demonstrates an
emerging understanding of the
major components of the solar
system. Work on your
understanding and
explanations.
You are having trouble creating a
representation of your research
about the major components of the
solar system. How do we represent
the scale of the solar system
accurately? What can you learn
from looking at examples of models
and representations?
Assess the efficacy of
representing and
interpreting
astronomical
phenomena, including
phases, eclipses, and
seasons.
You can assess how people of
different cultures have different
ways of representing and
interpreting the solar system and
support your assessment with
strong details and evidence. Student
is able to propose personal
explanations for causes of seasons,
phases and eclipses and other
astronomical phenomena and
create insightful and compelling
questions related to astronomical
phenomena.
You can assess how people of
different cultures have
different ways of representing
and interpreting the solar
system. You can support your
assessment with details and
evidence. You can show
personal understanding of the
causes of seasons, phases and
eclipses and create and
propose questions related to
astronomical phenomena.
With assistance, you can
somewhat explain how people
of different cultures have
different ways of representing
and understanding the solar
system. You can show some
personal understanding of the
causes of seasons, phases and
eclipses and ask basic questions
related to astronomical
phenomena. Explore other
worldviews and ways of coming
to understand astronomical
phenomena.
You are having trouble explaining
how people of different cultures
have different ways of representing
and understanding the solar system.
More attention needs to be given to
exploring other world views and
ways of coming to understand
astronomical phenomena. What can
we learn from stories and legends
told by other cultures? What are
astronomical phenomena? When
you think of seasons, phases and
eclipses, what are you curious
about?
Evaluate past, current,
and possible future
contributions of space
exploration
With an in-depth understanding, you
can identify how basic needs are met
in space and evaluate how this has
changed over time. You can evaluate
the benefits of scientific ideas and
discoveries that have led to new
inventions and applications. You can
apply their knowledge to make
insightful predictions about future
achievements in space and support
all your understanding with details
and evidence.
You can identify how basic
needs are met in space and
how this has changed over
time. You can analyze how
scientific ideas and discoveries
have led to new inventions and
applications. You can apply
their knowledge to make
predictions about future
achievements in space. You can
support your ideas with
evidence and details.
You are starting to identify how
basic needs are met in space
and how this has changed over
time. You can mostly share how
scientific ideas and discoveries
have led to new inventions and
applications. You can make
basic predictions about future
achievements in space. Work on
supporting your ideas with
evidence. Explore aspects of life
in space and its history and
imagining how it might impact
the future.
You are having trouble identifying
how basic needs are met in space
and understanding how scientific
ideas and discoveries have led to
new inventions and applications.
Concentrate on exploring more and
making predictions about future
achievements in space. How do
people eat, sleep, drink and take
care of their bodies in space? What
inventions have supported human
exploration of space? What do you
think will happen in future space
exploration?
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