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Rubric 
 Concept: Life cycle Concept: Trait inheritance Concept: Trait variation 
Level 1
(Novice) 
Mention one stage of the corn life cycle
OR
Mention that seeds make or grow plants. However, no details are provided
OR
Make only one connection between plant and animal life cycle
OR
Only mention the words “life cycle” or “passing traits” 
Mention the words “trait,” “characteristics,” or “stuff”
OR
Make one example of plants characteristics resembling the parent
OR
Only describe that traits of the species are specific (“corn traits are of corn”)
OR
Describe that a seed is just a product of a parent plant 
Mention the seed looking like the plant they came from (but it is not descriptive)
OR
Mention one trait from a seed that is specific (examples may include: Pumpkin=Pumpkin and Corn=Corn)
OR
List one trait that is shared with other plants/animals (grow, making food, start a new life cycle) 
Level 2
(Intermediate) 
Mention two stages of the life cycle of corn
OR
Make two or more connections between plant and animal life cycles
OR
Describe seed/germination as first stage of growth. Some details are provided (e.g., different seeds grow into different plants) 
Make clear connections between parent plants and a seed/new plant
(e.g., mention parent or adult and include making seeds)
OR
Mention “passing” traits from parents, or that offspring comes from “somewhere”
OR
Mention parents and offspring resemble each other 
List 2 or 3 characteristics or the specific traits
OR
Mention two ways a seed might be unique
OR
Describe traits of a plant (but doesn't connect to seeds traits) 
Level 3
(Advanced) 
Mention three stages of the life cycle
AND
Make three or more connections between plant and animal life cycles
OR
Describe the role of the seed in reproduction and inheritance 
Connect to reproduction and inheritance and include parent/adult plants
AND
Describe that a seed is “carrier” of traits from a parent plant and/or pass coded info to the next generation
OR
Mention sexual reproduction or gametes
OR
Mention plants have male and females structures 
List 4 or more characteristics and its traits similarities (different type)
AND
Describe that traits are “passing of traits from the adult” or “getting traits from an adult”
OR
Name 3–4 characteristics and specify the differences (it is not listing characteristics only) 
Rubric 
 Concept: Life cycle Concept: Trait inheritance Concept: Trait variation 
Level 1
(Novice) 
Mention one stage of the corn life cycle
OR
Mention that seeds make or grow plants. However, no details are provided
OR
Make only one connection between plant and animal life cycle
OR
Only mention the words “life cycle” or “passing traits” 
Mention the words “trait,” “characteristics,” or “stuff”
OR
Make one example of plants characteristics resembling the parent
OR
Only describe that traits of the species are specific (“corn traits are of corn”)
OR
Describe that a seed is just a product of a parent plant 
Mention the seed looking like the plant they came from (but it is not descriptive)
OR
Mention one trait from a seed that is specific (examples may include: Pumpkin=Pumpkin and Corn=Corn)
OR
List one trait that is shared with other plants/animals (grow, making food, start a new life cycle) 
Level 2
(Intermediate) 
Mention two stages of the life cycle of corn
OR
Make two or more connections between plant and animal life cycles
OR
Describe seed/germination as first stage of growth. Some details are provided (e.g., different seeds grow into different plants) 
Make clear connections between parent plants and a seed/new plant
(e.g., mention parent or adult and include making seeds)
OR
Mention “passing” traits from parents, or that offspring comes from “somewhere”
OR
Mention parents and offspring resemble each other 
List 2 or 3 characteristics or the specific traits
OR
Mention two ways a seed might be unique
OR
Describe traits of a plant (but doesn't connect to seeds traits) 
Level 3
(Advanced) 
Mention three stages of the life cycle
AND
Make three or more connections between plant and animal life cycles
OR
Describe the role of the seed in reproduction and inheritance 
Connect to reproduction and inheritance and include parent/adult plants
AND
Describe that a seed is “carrier” of traits from a parent plant and/or pass coded info to the next generation
OR
Mention sexual reproduction or gametes
OR
Mention plants have male and females structures 
List 4 or more characteristics and its traits similarities (different type)
AND
Describe that traits are “passing of traits from the adult” or “getting traits from an adult”
OR
Name 3–4 characteristics and specify the differences (it is not listing characteristics only) 
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