One intended learning outcome during the course of this project is that students will be able to form an opinion and write a persuasive paper on why the class should choose their animal to symbolically adopt. One standard that this directly relates to is:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
The criteria that will be used for this assessment will include researching the animal and finding out specific facts such as the habitat, what the animal eats, and the reason the animal is endangered. An example of some of the tools that the students will use for this part of the project will be a device or computer using search engines such as PebbleGo which will actually read the information to the students. Kiddle is another great search engine because the information can be presented in more of a visual format for those students who are not strong readers. These search engines are great for First Grade students since reading levels vary. Once they have gathered information, they can organize their facts and write their rough draft. Once they are ready, they can transfer their rough draft to Google Docs where the teacher can provide feedback and then they can publish their final draft. It is also an option that they can create a story book using a website such as StoryJumper to turn their writing into a digital book. This entire process will demonstrate and provide evidence of what each student learned.
This is just one component of the project. You can check out my Assessment Page here to see assessments I have at this point. I am sure I will be adding more assessments as I continue.