Land Plants Unit 8 Rubric

Land Plants Unit 8 Rubric

Doing World Builders  in PowerPoint

Each person should make his/her individual set of slides.

Before you begin this assignment your group needs to look at the biomes section and decide on which biomes you will describe.  Choose one biome for each person in the group, for example, for two people, choose two biomes: three people, choose three biomes: four people, choose four biomes.

In this unit a branch of the algae family comes out of the water onto the land and develops into true plants.  You will describe this process and show how the plants developed structures for dealing with the challenges of the new and difficult land environment.   

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Lay out the text of your  PowerPoint presentation something like this

 Slide 1

This title screen introduces the theme of your land plant development.


Slide 2

Show where your algae came onto the land.  Mark each environment where the first proto-plants will grow with a colored dot on the map.

Slide 3

Describe the alga that will become the ancestors of all your plants.

Describe the environment in which it ventured onto the land.

Show what it looked like when it first came onto land. 

Slide 4

What adaptations does your proto-plant make?

What does it look like after a few million years?

This plant will be the ancestor of the plants that you develop for your different biomes.


Slide 5

Describe the biome to which some descendents of the ancestral plant adapted.


  Slide 6

Show how your plant adapts and develops so that it can live successfully in one of your biomes.

Tell how tall it is and how it reproduces.

Slide 7

Describe your second biome and tell how your plant adapts to it.


Slide 8

Describe your next biome.  Show how your plant adapts and evolves to live successfully in this biome.

Slide 9

Draw a diagram to show the family tree of your land plants.

Once you have your text all laid out, select a background for your slides and add graphics as appropriate.  Attractive appearance contributes to your grade, as does demonstration of understanding of the scientific concepts involved. You may include additional material if you wish.
 Grading will be for these qualities:
  A  neat, complete, attractive, good written introduction, links work, turned in on   time, good understanding of adaptation and environmental pressures.
  B  complete, links work, correct English, turned in no more than one week late.
C   problems: incomplete, links don't work, turned in more than one week late.

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