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Answer Keys and PDA Responses Rubrics

Answer Key

PDA Response Rubrick


Chart A

Answer Key

This creature eats:
Creature:
This creature is eaten by:
 
  • phytoplankton
  • zooplankton

barnacles

  • ruddy turnstone

  • DETRITUS of cattails
  • DETRITUS of phragmites

beach hoppers

  • herring gull
  • wood duck
  • Canada geese
  • mute swan
  • mallard
  • great blue heron
  • ruddy turnstone

  • soft shell clams
  • grass shrimp
  • oyster drills
  • JUVENILE diamondback terrapin
  • grass cerith snail
  • JUVENILE and adult toadfish
  • Hermit crabs
  • Seahorses
  • Sea Cucumbers
  • Oysters
  • JUVENILES eat zooplankton

blue crabs

  • striped bass
  • cownose rays
  • great blue heron
  • oyster drills
  • sturgeon
  • Ruddy turnstone
  • Herring gulls
  • toadfish eat JUVENILE blue crabs

  • diamondback terrapin
  • toadfish
  • cownose ray
  • striped bass
  • sturgeon
  • seahorse
  • herring gull
  • menhaden
  • Mallard ducks

bull sharks

 


  • cattails
  • eel grass
  • widgeon grass
  • phragmites
  • sea roaches
  • beach hoppers
  • oysters
  • mosquitoes

Canada Geese

  • herring gulls eat geese EGGS
  • red foxes eat JUVENILE geese

 

cattails

  • Canada Geese
  • nutria
  • muskrats
  • Mallard ducks
  • sea roaches eat cattail DETRITUS
  • grass cerith snails eat cattail DETRITUS
  • beach hoppers eat cattail DETRITUS
  • hermit crabs eat cattail DETRITUS

  • phytoplankton
  • clam worm

clam worm

  • striped bass
  • crabs
  • diamondback terrapin
  • sturgeon
  • ribbon worms
  • toadfish
  • Horseshoe crab

  • phytoplankton
  • zooplankton

soft-shelled clams

  • crabs
  • horseshoe crabs
  • sea nettles
  • cownose rays
  • great blue heron
  • oyster drills
  • herring gulls
  • ribbon worms
  • sturgeon
  • diamondback terrapins

  • soft shell clams
  • oysters
  • Eastern mudsnails
  • crabs
  • seahorses

cownose rays

  • bull sharks

  • phytoplankton
  • DETRITUS of eelgrass
  • DETRITUS of widgeon grass

Eastern mudsnails

  • mute swans
  • ruddy turnstone
  • cownose rays
  • diamondback terrapin
  • mallard
  • herring gulls
  • ribbon worms
  • striped bass
  • sturgeon
  • wood duck
  • toadfish

 

Eelgrass

  • Canada Geese
  • mute swans
  • wood ducks
  • mallard
  • DETRITUS eaten by hermit crabs
  • DETRITUS eaten b y oysters
  • DETRITUS eaten by red beard sponge
  • DETRITUS eaten by sea cucumbers
  • eastern mudsnail eats eelgrass DETRITUS
  • grass cerith snail eats eelgrass DETRITUS

  • phytoplankton
  • DETRITUS of eelgrass
  • DETRITUS of widgeon grass
  • DETRITUS of cattails

grass cerith snail

  • crabs
  • mallards
  • wood duck

  • zooplankton
  • phytoplankton

grass shrimp

  • striped bass
  • sea horses
  • toad fish
  • sturgeon

  • beach hoppers
  • mosquitoes
  • blue crabs
  • sea roach
  • oysters
  • soft shelled clams
  • sea horses
  • hermit crabs
  • menhaden
  • Striped bass
  • JUVENILE diamondback terrapin

Great blue heron

  • red foxes eat heron JUVENILES
  • herring gulls eat heron EGGS

  • phytoplankton
  • DETRITUS of cattails
  • DETRITUS of widgeon grass
  • DETRITUS of phragmites
  • DETRITUS of eelgrass

hermit crabs

  • great blue heron
  • herring gulls
  • ruddy turnstone
  • mallards
  • blue crabs

  • hermit crabs
  • blue crabs
  • soft-shelled clams
  • sea roach
  • beach hoppers
  • Eastern mudsnails
  • seahorses
  • oyster drills
  • menhaden
  • striped bass
  • ruddy turnstone EGGS
  • osprey EGGS
  • heron EGGS
  • herring gull EGGS
  • horseshoe crab EGGS
  • Canada geese EGGS
  • mallard EGGS
  • wood duck EGGS
  • JUVENILE diamondback terrapin

herring gull

  • bull sharks
  • ruddy turnstones eat gull EGGS
  • Other herring gulls eat gull EGGS

  • clam worms
  • oysters
  • sea cucumbers
  • clams

horseshoe crabs

  • ruddy turnstones eat crab EGGS
  • herring gulls eat crab EGGS
  • striped bass eat crab EGGS

  • zooplankton
  • mosquitoes
  • Soft shell clams
  • JUVENILE oysters

Sea nettles

 


  • cattails
  • phragmites
  • juvenile crabs
  • baby striped bass
  • hermit crabs
  • grass cerith snail
  • eelgrass
  • eastern mudsnail
  • beach hoppers
  • oyster drills
  • widgeon grass
  • mosquitoes
  • sea roach
  • oyster drills

mallard

  • red foxes
  • bull sharks
  • herring gulls eat eggs

  • phytoplankton
  • zooplankton

menhaden

  • osprey
  • striped bass
  • toadfish
  • bull sharks
  • great blue heron
  • herring gull

  • muskrats
  • nutria
  • red foxes

mosquito

  • great blue heron
  • mute swans
  • wood ducks
  • mallards
  • sturgeon
  • sea nettles
  • striped bass
  • Canada geese

  • cattails
  • phragmites

muskrats

  • red foxes
  • mosquitoes

  • eel grass
  • widgeon grass
  • mosquitoes
  • beach hoppers
  • eastern mudsnail
  • oyster drills
  • sea roaches

mute swans

  • JUVENILES eaten by red fox

  • cattails
  • bulrushes

nutria

  • mosquitoes

  • striped bass
  • menhaden

osprey

  • herring gulls eat juveniles

  • oysters
  • zooplankton
  • blue crabs
  • soft-shelled clams

oyster drills

  • blue crabs
  • herring gulls
  • mute swans
  • mallard ducks
  • Ribbon worms
  • Diamondback terrapins

  • plankton
  • zooplankton
  • DETRITUS of eelgrass
  • DETRITUS of widgeon grass

oysters

  • blue crabs
  • Canada geese
  • great blue heron
  • cownose rays
  • horseshoe crabs
  • oyster drills
  • JUVENILES easten by sea nettles

 

phragmites

  • mallard
  • Canada Geese
  • nutria
  • muskrat
  • wood duck
  • DETRITUS eaten by beach hoppers
  • DETRITUS eaten by hermit crabs
  • DETRITUS eaten by sea roaches

 

phytoplankton

  • oysters
  • sea squirts
  • soft-shelled clams
  • barnacles
  • eastern mudsnails
  • clam worms
  • menhaden
  • hermit crabs
  • grass cerith snails
  • grass shrimp
  • zooplankton
  • Seahorses

  • DETRITUS of eelgrass
  • DETRITUS of widgeon grass

red beard sponge

  • diamondback terrapins

  • muskrat
  • JUVENILE Canada geese
  • JUVENILE wood duck
  • JUVENILE mallards
  • JUVENILE ruddy turnstone
  • JUVENILE mute swan
  • JUVENILE great blue heron
    & heron eggs

red fox

  • mosquitoes

  • eastern mudsnail
  • oyster drills
  • clam worms
  • Soft shell clams

ribbon worms

  • toad fish
  • diamondback terrapin
  • sturgeon

  • crabs
  • horseshoe crab EGGS
  • eastern mudsnail
  • hermit crabs
  • barnacles
  • herring gull EGGS
  • sea roach
  • beach hopper

ruddy turnstone bird

  • red foxes eat JUVENILE birds
  • herring gulls eat EGGS

  • DETRITUS of eelgrass
  • DETRITUS of widgeon grass

sea cucumber

  • diamondback terrapin
  • horseshoe crabs
  • blue crabs

  • DETRITUS of phragmites
  • DETRITUS of cattails

sea roaches

  • great blue heron
  • herring gull
  • mute swans
  • Canada geese
  • mallard
  • ruddy turnstones

  • phytoplankton
  • zooplankton

sea squirts

 

  • phytoplankton
  • zooplankton
  • grass shrimp

seahorses

  • blue crabs
  • bull sharks
  • great blue heron
  • herring gulls
  • diamondback terrapins
  • cownose rays

  • blue crabs
  • menhaden
  • hermit crab EGGS
  • eastern mudsnail
  • juvenile toadfish
  • sturgeon eggs
  • clam worms
  • horseshoe crab EGGS
  • JUVENILES eat grass shrimp
  • JUVENILES eat mosquitoes
  • JUVENILES eat zooplankton

striped bass

  • bull shark
  • osprey
  • great blue heron
  • herring gulls
  • mallard ducks eat JUVENILES

  • clam worms
  • eastern mudsnail
  • soft-shelled clams
  • ribbon worms
  • blue crabs
  • grass shrimp
  • mosquitoes
  • JUVENILES eat zooplankton

sturgeon

  • bull sharks
  • striped bass eat sturgeon EGGS

  • soft-shelled clams
  • eastern mudsnail
  • red beard sea sponge
  • sea horses
  • clam worm
  • oyster drill
  • ribbon worm

diamondback terrapin

  • bull sharks
  • blue crabs eat JUVENILES
  • great blue herons eat JUVENILES
  • herring gulls eat JUVENILES

  • blue crabs
  • eastern mudsnails
  • ribbon worms
  • menhaden
  • clam worms
  • JUVENILES eat grass shrimp
  • JUVENILES eat zooplankton

toadfish

  • blue crabs eat JUVENILES
  • striped bass eat JUVENILES
  • Bull sharks eat JUVENILES

 

widgeon grass

  • mallard
  • Canada geese
  • wood duck
  • mute swans
  • grass cerith snail eats DETRITUS
  • oysters eat DETRITUS
  • red beard sponge eats DETRITUS
  • hermit crabs eat DETRITUS
  • eastern mudsnails eat DETRITUS
  • sea cucumbers eat DETRITUS

  • phytoplankton
  • eastern mudsnail
  • widgeon grass
  • eel grass
  • mosquitoes
  • Beach hoppers
  • Grass cerith snails
  • Phragmites

wood duck

  • red foxes
  • herring gull eats eggs

  • phytoplankton
  • zooplankton

zooplankton

  • sea nettles
  • oysters
  • menhaden
  • sea squirts
  • sea horses
  • soft-shelled clams
  • JUVENILE striped bass
  • JUVENILE blue crabs
  • JUVENILE toadfish
  • Grass shrimp

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Chart B

PDA Response Rubrick

Use the following rubric to help assess students’ PDA responses for Meal Deal.

Score
Criteria

3

  • All four points are addressed
  • Responses are well-substantiated by factual information presented in the activity or from prior knowledge
  • Students have made a recommendation as to whether the story should be included in the mini-series
  • There are few spelling and grammatical errors

2

  • All points are addressed
  • Responses are somewhat substantiated, albeit briefly or without firm factual information
  • Students made a recommendation for inclusion of the story
  • There may be some spelling and grammatical errors

1

  • Some points may not be addressed
  • Some responses may not be substantiated
  • Students have made a recommendation for inclusion of the story
  • There may be numerous spelling and grammatical errors

0

  • None of the points are addressed
  • No recommendation is made for inclusion of the story


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