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ENDANGERED SPECIES BOOKLET SAMPLE PAGE

The Student must present the booklet with at least five different endangered species.

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         MANATEE

 

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

Manatees range in color from gray to brown. They use their two small front flippers to crawl along ocean or river bottoms. Their flat, horizontal tails are pumped up and down to move them along. Despite their small eyes and lack of outer ears, manatees are thought to see and hear quite well.

CONTINENT FOUND

Waters in tropical areas off the coast of North and South America.

BIOME FOUND

Manatees can be found in the warm waters of shallow rivers, bays, and coastal waters. They stay in waters above 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

REASON FOR BEING ENDANGERED

Most manatees have a pattern of scars on their backs or tails from collisions with boats. Scientists use these patterns to identify individuals. But these collisions can be fatal for the manatee. Besides boating accidents, manatees have been found crushed or drowned in flood-control gates and also suffer from pollution and habitat loss.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT THE MANATEE

The following laws protect the manatee and people can be fined if they hurt a manatee: the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Endangered Species Act.  Also the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has a signed treaty with more than 144 member countries. It says that species cannot be traded commercially and species can be traded commercially only if it does not harm their survival.   

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                      Endangered Species Booklet Rubric


Student Name ____________________________ Score ____________

CATEGORY Excellent Good Satisfactory Poor
Content/Facts Facts were accurate for all animals. Facts were accurate for almost all animals. Facts were accurate for most (~75%) of the animals. Facts were often inaccurate for animals.
Learning of Content The student can accurately describe 75% (or more) of the animals without referring to it and can quickly determine the cause of being endangered. The student can accurately describe 50% of the animals without referring to it and can quickly determine the cause of being endangered. The student can describe any animal and can determine the cause of being endangered. The student cannot describe any animals or determine the cause of being endangered.
Graphics All graphics are effective and balanced with text use. All graphics are effective, but there appear to be too few or too many. Some graphics are effective and their use is balanced with text use. Several graphics are not effective.
Spelling and Capitalization Spelling and capitalization were checked by another student and are correct throughout. Spelling and capitalization were checked by another student and were mostly correct . Spelling and capitalization were mostly correct, but were not checked by another student. There were many spelling and capitalization errors.
Software Learning The work demonstrates that the student knows how to use the software  accurately and clearly. The work demonstrates that the student knows how to use most of the software. The work demonstrates student knows how to use some parts of the software . The student does not appear to know how to use the software without assistance.
Readability The overall appearance of the booklet is pleasing and easy to read. The overall appearance of the booklet is somewhat pleasing and easy to read. The booklet is relatively readable. The booklet is difficult to read.

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