Skip to main content

Outdoor Study Stations-performance assessment

Unit Plan: Who Eats What?Lesson: 5 Time: 90 minutes Setting: Indoors and Outdoors
3-5, 6-8Schoolyard Ecology
icon quick tip

Use the filter to limit your results.


Students create stations with interpretive labels that teach others about signs of animals and what they eat.


    Students will be able to:
    - point out evidence of what animals live on the study site an what they eat
    - communicate their knowledge


    For the Class:

    • field guides


    For each group of 3-4 students:

    • copy of "Challenge Sheet"
    • 3-4 5" x7" index cards or pieces of oak tag
    • 3-4 pieces of string or yarn to hang cards
    • magic marker
    • copy of "Who Eats What" guide


    For each student:

    • copy of "Scoring Sheet"
    • copy of "Group Work Evaluation"
    • copy of "Reflections"

    Lesson Files

    Outdoor Study Stations
    Eco Inquiry's Multiple Forms of Assessment- contains "Group Work Evaluation" and "Reflections"
    Who Eats What Guide

    Benchmarks for Science Literacy

    5A Diversity of Life, 12D Communication Skills

    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
    Next Generation Science Standards

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

    Cross Cutting Concepts


    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS2A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    New York State Science Learning Standards

    Performance Expectations

    MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms in a variety of ecosystems.

    Hogan, Kathleen. Eco-Inquiry: A Guide to Ecological Learning Experiences for the Upper Elementary/Middle Grades. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, PO Box 1840, 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840., 1994.