This is a 3-page Word document with included KEY for 6 pages total. The assignment uses the website blueplanetbiomes.org for an extremely comprehensive assignment on 8 different biomes. The assignment navigates the student through the website with clear, concise directions to find the answers. I allow my students 90 minutes to complete this assignment. The KEY is a must!
I am a huge proponent of saving paper in the classroom, so a lot of my assignments are electronic and submitted through a drop box such as Black Board or Schoology.
In order to create an electronic assignment effectively, I create Word documents without using lines for answers. Trying to type an answer on a line just makes the line shift on the document. So instead of a line, I use two red asterisks (this is so fast and easy to create). The students place their cursor between the two red asterisks and begin typing their answers (or their name, date, etc., wherever they need to type information). This makes it easy for them to see that they’ve answered the question (in red) and I can easily grade the assignment electronically (I’m always looking for the red answers!).
Because Word is so workable, you can easily make this a paper assignment by simply printing it out OR removing the asterisks and adding lines for the students to write their answers on instead. Easy!