Science Project Grading Rubrics

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out how to use science project grading rubrics in your classroom with this article. You'll be able to go over the uses of these rubrics and explore options for finding or designing these classroom tools.

Science Project Rubrics

You can introduce science project grading rubrics into your classroom to make sure your students know what you expect from them on their science projects. Rubrics also allow you to easily and fairly grade these projects. These classroom tools can prove incredibly helpful once you explain their use to your students.

Depending on the difficulty of the science project and the age of your students, you may want a rubric that covers different topics. Perhaps you want a rubric that measures your students' use of the scientific method, or their thoroughness, creativity and ability to properly report the steps they took. You can even use these rubrics to grade how well your students work together if the project is completed by a group. You simply have to decide on the rubric that works for you.

Finding a Rubric

There's a variety of science project rubrics available online, easily found with a quick web search. Many of them were created by other teachers, are free to download, and are available on sites like Teach-nology. While picking one may seem like a simple choice, you do want to examine your options to make sure the rubric you pick is a good fit for your classroom. Additionally, you can ensure that the rubric you choose meets the standards discussed in the lesson Qualities of Good Assessments.

Creating Your Own Rubric

Designing your own science project rubric can prove very useful to your classroom. While it might take more time than downloading a pre-made rubric, your individual attention ensures that the rubric is personalized to the needs of your students. Programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel can provide you with the tools you need to craft the rubric. Sites like iRubric and RubiStar can take the hassle out of creating a rubric. With these sites, you can create a rubric using a template, where you will add your point values, scoring categories, and criteria.

If you want to get a better understanding of grading rubrics before working on your own, the lesson What Is a Grading Rubric? can provide you with the information you're looking for.

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