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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2011, Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

  Question 8: Open-Response  
Massachusetts is home to many plants and animals, including the organisms in the list below.
  • maple tree
  • monarch butterfly
  • robin
  • squirrel
Each of these organisms responds to seasonal changes with specific behaviors.
  1. Identify one organism from the list that migrates.
  2. Describe one seasonal change that causes organisms to migrate.
  3. Describe two behaviors that allow organisms that stay in Massachusetts all year to survive seasonal changes.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 The response demonstrates a thorough understanding that many plants and animals can survive harsh environments because of seasonal behaviors. The response correctly identifies one organism that migrates and clearly describes one seasonal change that causes migration. The response clearly describes two behaviors that allow organisms to survive seasonal changes.
4
3
The response demonstrates a general understanding that many plants and animals can survive harsh environments because of seasonal behaviors.
2
The response demonstrates a limited understanding that many plants and animals can survive harsh environments because of seasonal behaviors.
1
The response demonstrates a minimal understanding that many plants and animals can survive harsh environments because of seasonal behaviors.
0
The response is incorrect or contains some correct work that is irrelevant to the skill or concept being measured.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

Question 8: Life Science
Question 21: Technology/Engineering

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Last Updated: September 11, 2006
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