Eco-Inquiry, an ecology curriculum for grades 5-8 helps teachers transform their classrooms into centers of ecological research.

Day 4: Dead Leaf Storyboards- Performance Assessment


Students work in groups to create displays that show what happens to a dead leaf over time.

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to: know how the appearance of a dead leaf changes during decomposition, understand that the primary cause of decomposition is decomposers that use dead material as food, know that the matter a leaf is made of does not vanish during decomposition, it all can be accounted for event though it is in new forms and places, communicate their knowledge of decomposition in a way that engages and teaches others.

Session 1- 40 min, Session 2 - 1hr

Sessions 1 and 2

For each group of 3-4 students:

  • materials for making storyboards
  • copy of "Challenge Sheet"
  • copy of "Scoring Sheet"

For each student:

  • copy of "Group Work Evaluation" (see "Eco-Inquiry's Multiple Forms of Assessment")
  • copy of "Reflections" (see "Eco-Inquiry's Multiple Forms of Assessment")
  • copy of "Scoring Sheet"

See Lesson Resources below for further details.

NYS Standards
MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science
ELA 1- Language to collect and interpret information and understand generalizations
ELA 4 - Language for communication and social interaction with a wide variety of people
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
5D Interdependence of Life
5E Flow of Matter and Energy
12D Communication Skills

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