CM1 Biology Summative Assessment

Successful CM1 Biology students will be able to


      Identify, use and construct aspects of the scientific process in real life examples

Notes, Scientific method, *including boxed notes, “Tom” and the keys, “Is it fair?” ½ sheet, TMS, wolf highlight quiz, favorite examples, daily summaries…

NOTE: The scientific method is organized but has circular flow.


       Distinguish between observations and interpretations/analysis and understand why the difference is important

Notes, observations, interpretations, backbone and backpack metaphors, journal entries, 2-column journal with paper slips, examples, cricket activities…

NOTE:  Observations are what we see; interpretations are what we think our observations mean.


       Glean information from figures and diagrams regardless of the subject matter

Isle Royale maps, Measles, ACT Prep, highlighted items in NB, daily summaries…

NOTE:  You can understand data in figures even if you don’t know all the words!


       Identify elements which make a scientific experiment valid

TMS, Yeast lab, “unfair” foot race, “Is it Fair” sheet, “everything, everything...”…

NOTE: TMS makes the difference between science and just “playing around.”


       Support arguments using relevant, valid and well-organized and facts.

Map journals, Are the granules alive part 1 and 2, TMS and Yeast Lab, other examples…

NOTE: Good arguments are relevant, based on fact, and elaborated.


       Define biology and demonstrate knowledge of the 5 characteristics of living things

                  Notes, yeast lab…

                  NOTE: Biology is the study of life.


About the Test

The assessment will have all or most of the following types of questions

 Multiple choice

 Short answer


 Highlight and label


o   There will be real scientific data in table and figure format for some of the questions. 

o   There will be metaphors and hypothetical situations for some application questions.

o   Students will be asked to recall, identify, and evaluate.

o   Skill questions may be on unfamiliar topics, but will be answerable using knowledge of how scientists communicate.


NOTE: Questions about classroom rules, procedures and safety may also be included on this test.