Criteria Exceeds the Criteria (4) Meets the Criteria (3) Partially Meets Criteria (2) Does not Meet Criteria (1)
Evidence completely and
Evidence describes how
accurately describe how Evidence completely and Evidence does not
atoms cannot be created or
Applies the concept of atoms cannot be created or accurately describe how completely OR accurately
destroyed but it may be
conservation of matter destroyed AND atoms cannot be created or describe how atoms cannot
incomplete OR have
demonstrates sophisticated destroyed. be created or destroyed.
At least 3 system principles
are applied accurately with Only 1 or no system
Communicates system At least 3 system principles At least 2 system principles
strong communication OR principles are applied
principles are applied accurately. are applied accurately.
4 principles are applied accurately.
Writing is detailed and very
Writing describes how
descriptive of how Writing includes a full
pesticides might move
pesticides might move description of how
Illustrates how matter through a cycle. All
through a cycle. All pesticides might move Little evidence of
cycles in a system elements are included and
elements are included and through a cycle. All understanding how matter
(reservoirs, fluxes, plausible. (reservoirs,
plausible and demonstrate a elements are included and cycles.
residence time) fluxes, residence time) but
deep understanding. plausible. (reservoirs,
there may be inaccuracies
(reservoirs, fluxes, fluxes, residence time)
or detail missing.
Paragraphs do not flow
Strong writing. Adequate together and are hard to
Superior writing. Good paragraph structure with no follow the thinking. Little
paragraph structure. more than 2 avoidable evidence of editing, has 3
(Grammar, usage and Inadequate writing
Evidence of editing and errors (spelling, or more avoidable errors
refinement of thoughts. punctuation, sentences that (spelling, punctuation,
don’t make sense,etc) sentences that don’t make