“Students at Level 5 analyse what is needed for living things to survive, thrive or adapt, now and in the future. They explain how the observed characteristics of living things are used to establish a classification system. They also identify, analyse and ask their own questions in relation to scientific ideas or issues of interest.”

Your project will me marked out of 20 points as shown below:

· Have you described your organism in detail – including a picture, physical description and notes about its predators, habitat and breeding.
· How does it obtain it’s food? How does it avoid predators? How does it find a mate and rear offspring?
· Have you have described your animal’s extraordinary ‘talent’ accurately and in scientific terms?
· Have you described how this adaptation contributes to the organism’s survival – is it a structural, behavioural or functional adaptation?
· Have you designed a camouflage that takes into account the animal’s physical characteristics, habitat, behaviour and unique adaptations?
· Have you analysed what might happen if there were no more of this organism on earth?







Pictures and Presentation
No pictures.
No clear headings.
Very poorly presented.



0 points
Small or unclear pictures.
Small or unclear headings.
Poor to adequate presentation

1 point
Clear picture, but not referenced.
Adequate heading and good presentation. Good to very good presentation.
2 points
Large, clear picture of the animal is included, drawn or correctly referenced.
Excellent heading and presentation.
3 points
Description of physical and behavioural characteristics of the animal and how these are used to classify the animal.
No description or classification.


0 points
Brief or inaccurate description and classification.

2 points
Adequate description and classification.

4 points
Excellent description and accurate classification.
6 points
Description of animal’s extraordinary ability or ‘talent’ and how it contributes to the animal’s survival.
No description.




0 points
Brief or inaccurate description



1 point
Student has provided a description, but not in their own words.

2 points
Student has accurately described the characteristic using scientific terms.
3 points
Research skills
No References provided.





0 points
Student has used 1 resource only.





1 point
Student has accessed at least 2-3 different resources, including books, internet sites
and video and listed these appropriately.
2 points
Student has accessed at least 4 different resources, including books, internet sites and video and listed these appropriately.
3 points
Analysis of the characteristics of the animal that require consideration to be successfully camouflaged.
Little or no consideration given to what may be required.

0 points
Adequate consideration given to camouflage.


1 point
Careful analysis of what is required to be camouflaged.


2 points
Imaginative and detailed analysis of what may be required to be camouflaged.
3 points
Thoughtful analysis of the consequences of this animal’s extinction – effects on the food web and contribution to species biodiversity (resources, services and aesthetic values).
No understanding of the consequences of this animal’s extinction is demonstrated.



0 points
Some understanding of the consequences of extinction is demonstrated.




1 point
Good understanding of the consequences of extinction is demonstrated.




1.5 points
Concise and detailed analysis of the consequences of extinction.




2 point