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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2017, Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

  Question 8: Open-Response  
In their life cycles, butterflies go through a process called metamorphosis.
  1. Copy the diagram below into your Student Answer Booklet.
four rectangle boxes in a cycle
  1. In your Student Answer Booklet, complete your diagram with the butterfly life cycle stages (larva, adult, egg, pupa) in the order that they occur.
  2. Identify two physical characteristics of butterflies that are different in the adult stage than in the larval stage.
  3. Explain why it is necessary for butterflies to have an adult stage.

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 of the major stages that characterize the life cycle of the butterfly. The response correctly completes the butterfly life cycle stages diagram, correctly identifies two physical characteristics of butterflies that are different in the adult stage than in the larval stage, and clearly explains why it is necessary for butterflies to have an adult stage.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of the major stages that characterize the life cycle of the butterfly.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of the major stages that characterize the life cycle of the butterfly.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the major stages that characterize the life cycle of the butterfly.
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 17, 2017
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