Activity Introduction

Rubric introduction

A rubric is a method for monitoring a student’s learning based on chosen criteria or guidelines. Rubrics are often provided to students before they commence an assessment task so they are able to think about the criteria that will be included in their assessment.

The sample rubric for this unit of work is generic and is based on ‘A model of inquiry learning’ in which students will be collecting and using data. The criteria is based on the Australian Curriculum and overlaps Science, English, Mathematics and Geography.  Teachers are encouraged to modify this rubric to meet their specific assessment needs. 


Keywords: Rubric, Criteria, Assessment, Grade, Marking, Monitoring.


Teacher Worksheet

Sample Rubric for years 1 and 2 for an environmental unit of work

Student's name:
Unit of work:

Reading short textsNeeds assistance reading and comprehending text   Reads and needs assistance comprehending textReads and comprehends short texts independentlyReads and comprehends technical texts independently
Creating short  textsWritten text is difficult to understand and has little sentence structureNeeds some assistance in creating text for an audience and improving sentence structureWrites informative or creative text for an audience with good sentence structureVery independent at creating text for an audience with very good sentence structure
Verbal communication of simple ideasRequires more confidence to communicate ideasNeeds to think about their ideas more before they communicateExplains their ideasExplains their ideas and makes new connections with other ideas and exper
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