Students will imagine that they have discovered a new animal and that they need to record as much information as they can about this new animal, using lists and drawings. They will sketch their ideas for the new animal, keeping in mind the animal’s basic requirements for maintaining life, which are typically covered in second-grade life science. They will create a list of their animals’ observable traits and characteristics of the animals’ habitats. To complete this assessment, students will draw their new animals within the animals’ natural habitats, which could be places the students have never been. Students will then write a short summary telling others about their new animal.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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