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ISS/Fair 2005 Queens College/Queens High Schools
Investigative Science Rubric for Teachers & Students

How do we begin?

Student
Names:

1.                                                      
2.                                                      

 
   Criteria Standard Yes/No?
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X
P
L
O
R
A
T
I
O
N
Building and
Linking to
Prior Knowledge

Preliminary
Observations
  and
Explanations

Test preliminary
explanations
Have you gathered information from multiple sources and compiled a Bibliography? Have you a hardboard, non-spiral notebook to record all data, thoughts and rough notes?

Have you collected appropriate materials and instruments to conduct your preliminary observations?

Are you using scientific concepts to explain preliminary observations?

Have you tested preliminary explanations in ways that allow the development of investigative questions?
 
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
I
N
V
E
S
T
I
G
A
T
I
O
N
Create
a Question
to Investigate
Plan
and Design
Experiment

Data
Collection

Materials
    &
Methods
 
Have you constructed a clear investigative question, based upon results of your preliminary explorations, that distinguishes cause and effect?
 

Have you designed a controlled scientific investigation that includes systematic observation and accurate measurements. Have you identified an independent variable and dependent variable(s)?

Have you maintained a Lab notebook or Research Log; and collected data using appropriate SI units and in ways that others can verify?

Have you accurately recorded your actual step-by-step methods, observations, thought and data in your Lab Notebook or Research Log? Does your plan include a sufficient number of samples or trials in your experiments?
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 

–   The ISS/Fair 2005 Planning Committee:
  Mark Miksic, Co-Organizer, Queens College
  Thomas Strekas, Dean, Math & Sciences QC
  Steven Schwarz, Asst. Dean, Math & Sciences QC
  Diane Pillersdorf, Region 5
  Marianita Damari, Region 3
Norman Cohn, Co-Organizer, Franklin K. Lane HS
Susan Brustein, Townsend Harris HS
Michael Renna, Hillcrest High School
Robert Soel, John Bowne HS
Steve Berman, Bayside High School

© Copyright 2005 by the ISS/Fair 2005 Committee.
This Rubric was created by Mark Miksic, Queens College, and Susan Brustein, Townsend Harris HS and the ISS/Fair 2003 Committee in January 2003. All uses of this rubric must carry this attribution.