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Rubric 
 Concept: Life cycle Concept: Trait inheritance Concept: Trait variation 
Level 1
(Novice) 
Mention one stage of the life cycle
OR
Only mentions that organisms have “stages”/the “life cycle” 
Identify at least one trait (physical, functional, food value, needs)
OR
Describes characteristics from the species (e.g., a corn plant has corn traits) 
Identify traits (physical, functional, food value, needs) 
Level 2
(Intermediate) 
Describe two stages of the life cycle
OR
Recognize that seeds/eggs make a new organism
OR
Recognize that plants/animals reproduce 
Identify traits in both organisms
AND
connect traits to different stages of development
AND
recognize that both organisms make offspring or reproduce 
Mention differences in traits across life stages (e.g., the traits from the larvae are different from the adult)
OR
Recognize that individuals have different traits (within the same organism)
OR
Describe different traits for a particular characteristic 
Level 3
(Advanced) 
Describe three stages of the life cycle of both animals and plants
AND
Connect seeds/eggs to subsequent stages, including reproduction 
Describe that organisms reproduce and that this implies passing traits from parents to offspring.
(it may connect to coded information) 
Describe diverse traits/characteristics in both organisms (e.g., connected to function)
AND
Explains differences in life cycles stages and organisms 
Rubric 
 Concept: Life cycle Concept: Trait inheritance Concept: Trait variation 
Level 1
(Novice) 
Mention one stage of the life cycle
OR
Only mentions that organisms have “stages”/the “life cycle” 
Identify at least one trait (physical, functional, food value, needs)
OR
Describes characteristics from the species (e.g., a corn plant has corn traits) 
Identify traits (physical, functional, food value, needs) 
Level 2
(Intermediate) 
Describe two stages of the life cycle
OR
Recognize that seeds/eggs make a new organism
OR
Recognize that plants/animals reproduce 
Identify traits in both organisms
AND
connect traits to different stages of development
AND
recognize that both organisms make offspring or reproduce 
Mention differences in traits across life stages (e.g., the traits from the larvae are different from the adult)
OR
Recognize that individuals have different traits (within the same organism)
OR
Describe different traits for a particular characteristic 
Level 3
(Advanced) 
Describe three stages of the life cycle of both animals and plants
AND
Connect seeds/eggs to subsequent stages, including reproduction 
Describe that organisms reproduce and that this implies passing traits from parents to offspring.
(it may connect to coded information) 
Describe diverse traits/characteristics in both organisms (e.g., connected to function)
AND
Explains differences in life cycles stages and organisms 
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