Observation Journal Criteria
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Physical Adaptations of animal
Explains color and size of animal
Creates description of specifics of animal’s build and how this helps them in their environment
Exceptional visual picture of animal including adjectives & metaphors about how animal's build helps them to survive in their environment
Understanding of animal’s basic needs
Explains what the animal consumes
Create a brief description of animal’s basic needs (food, water, shelter)
Creates thorough description about how -during the course of a day or observation- animal meets its all of its basic needs & how the biome supports this
Understanding of animal’s behaviors
Describes 1 activity of the animal
Describes 2 activities or behaviors the animal may do
Creates a description of 3 or more behaviors the animal would complete
Understanding of animal’s relationships
Describes how animals of the same species interact
Describes how animals of the same and different species in ecosystem interact
Identifies and explains a symbiotic relationship either within or with another species



Criteria
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Wildlife Monitoring Technique
Student explained a research technique.
Student explained the research technique and how it could be used.
Student explained how they “used” the research technique and showed an example and results of the research technique.


Criteria
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Fellow Researcher Profile
Student identified another researcher and summarized what they did.
Student identified another researcher and made a connection to themselves as a researcher.
Student identified another researcher and compared themselves to the researcher. Student cited specific examples from their research.


Criteria
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Using the Research - student profile
Student exhibited a weak understanding of limiting factors affecting your animal.
Student exhibited good understanding of limiting factors affecting your animal
Student exhibit a high level of understanding about limiting factors affecting your animal.
(Bonus Points Possible)