Level 4
Level 3
Level 2
Level 1
Climate Graph:
All criteria are
included/
addressed;
information is
easily obtained
from graph.
Most criteria are
included/
addressed; graph
is effective.
Some of the
criteria are
missing, making
climate graph
difficult to
interpret.
Climate graph
does not
follow proper
format, or is
very difficult
to read.
Landforms:
All criteria are
included/
addressed.
Demonstrates
obvious
understanding of
landform
formation
processes.
All criteria are
included. Clear
connection
between climate
and impacting
factors; group
made
appropriate
decisions to
arrive at the
desired climate.
All criteria are
included. Map
clearly and
effectively
communicates
the physical
features and
landforms of the
island.
Most criteria are
included/
addressed.
Demonstrate
understanding of
landform
formation
processes.
Some criteria are
missing. A basic
understanding of
landform
formation
processes is
demonstrated.
Many criteria
are missing.
Unclear
understanding
of landform
formation
processes.
Most criteria are
included. Some
connection
between climate
and impacting
factors made;
group made
intentional
decisions toward
achieving the
desired climate
Most criteria are
included. Map
communicates
information
about the
island’s physical
features/
landforms.
Some criteria
missing. Climateimpacting
factors
identified, but
not clearly
connected to
their effect on
climate (the how
and why are
missing)
Some criteria
missing,
impacting the
effectiveness of
map to
communicate
information
about physical
features/
landforms.
Many criteria
missing,
demonstrating
no clear
connection
between the
factors and
their effect on
climate.
All criteria are
included. Cross
section clearly
and effectively
communicates
geographic
information.
Vocabulary is
consistently
used
appropriately.
Most criteria are
included. Cross
section
communicates
geographic
information.
Some criteria are
missing. Cross
section
communicates
some geographic
information.
Vocabulary is
often used
appropriately.
Vocabulary often
omitted, but
sometimes used
appropriately.
Many criteria
missing,
resulting in
limited ability
to transfer
geographic
information.
Vocabulary
rarely used
appropriately.
Follow format (temperature
and precipitation are on same
graph, and represented
correctly; use both vertical axes;
title; label axes; appropriate
scale; title; careful and neat
plotting of data)
Minimum of 2 types of
landforms included. Types of
landforms included appropriate
for vacation type. Process of
landform formation explained,
including order of formation.
Climate Factors:
Climate of island is described.
Minimum of 4 climateimpacting factors identified,
with the effect of each factor on
the climate clearly
demonstrated/explained.
Topographic Map:
Topographic map of entire
island completed, with
appropriate use of contour lines
to portray landforms present on
island. Proper format (title,
contour lines labelled, rivers/
roads/transport methods/etc.
included, cross section points
labelled). Features make sense
(e.g., location of rivers).
Cross Section:
Matches information presented
in topographic map. Crosses
most of island, including
significant landform. Proper
format (axes labelled, plotted
neatly, title, appropriate scale).
Geographic Vocabulary:
Appropriate vocabulary used to
communicate geographic
information
Many criteria
missing,
resulting in
very limited
ability to
communicate
information
about physical
features/
landforms.