Rubric Kit

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Make writing rubrics easy with editable templates!  The fun smiley face icons and illustrated criteria are perfect for elementary projects in most subject areas, but especially art lessons.

Does writing rubrics make you just a little crazy?  Do your students groan when they have to fill out a rubric?  My answers were yes & yes until I came up with a system to make rubrics that made them easier for me to make and assess.  And the best part, more fun and meaningful for my students.  The rubrics can also be attached to the back of their work so that parents can see the criteria and how the students assessed themselves along with any notes I’ve written.

I tried dozens of rubric designs that had mostly words for the criteria and descriptors.  Students just didn’t take the time to read and understand them and couldn't tell me why they marked their work a certain way.  Including the images made it much more comprehensible for students and they enjoyed coloring in the faces.

Once I started using this kit for making my own rubrics, I could make them so much faster than I actually got the rubric done at the beginning of the lesson.  This was helpful because I could have student assess each area immediately after they completed it.  This gave students more time for feedback and self-reflection.  Feedback that they actually had time to use to revise their art since they were still working on the project. If you wait until they are completely finished to assess, they have moved on to something else mentally and they are not likely to want to go back and revise. 

If you want to set up specific levels of achievement, that can be done with the “Descriptors by Students” sheets.  You can use words or images to show exactly what each level should look like. 

If you want to differentiate or have students come up with their own levels of achievement. This rubric design allows for that. 

Each rubric box has a slightly different format with room for more or fewer criteria.  Some boxes have room for student writing and goals setting.  The smaller rubrics could have student labels under them that can be cut apart by the student to label their work.

If the thought of making your own rubric from scratch makes you twitch, I’ve got rubrics made in Ppt that you can just revise.  I’m here to make things easier for you, but also give you the flexibility to change things up!

Here is what you get:

The Rubric Boxes folder has 5 different formats of rubrics:

  • 3x4 has room for 3 different criteria and 3 levels of performance
  • 4x4 has room for 4 different criteria and 3 levels of performance
  • 5x4 has room for 5 different criteria and 3 levels of performance
  • Blank Prompts has 3 criteria, 3 levels, and room for student goals (you can add your own prompts if desired)
  • With Prompts has 3 criteria, 3 levels, room for student goals, and generic prompts for goal writing

The Criteria folder has 18 different criteria already written with pictures included.  Each criterion can be selected and pasted over the blank rubric in the first box of each row. (See sample rubrics for an example)

The Pictures -write your own criteria folder has 16 different clipart pictures of art supplies and icons to use in the criteria area of the rubric.  You can just have the picture for younger students, or you can type in your own criteria in addition to the image.

The Student Labels folder has 10 different styles of labels that you can use under the smaller rubrics (3x4 and 4x4). (See sample rubrics for examples.)

The Faces - Levels of Performance folder has 6 different smiley faces with expressions to show different levels of performance. 

The Rubric Samples folder contains 6 different editable rubrics in PPT along with a folder of PNG files of the same rubrics.  The PNG files will give you a quick picture of the rubric samples in case you don’t have or want to use PPT to make your rubrics.  There is also a text file of instructions on editing the rubrics.  The same instructions are also in the lower section of each PPT slide.

The Descriptors By Students folder contains 6 pages, each with a different face indicating a level of performance.  These pages can be used for student-generated descriptors.  There is also a text file of instructions to give you ideas about how to do this.


To use this rubric kit, you will need software in which you can insert and layer images easily.  The samples included in this kit are made in PPT and can be edited to fit your needs.  Other software, such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator will also work if you want to start from scratch. 

Here are some basic instructions for starting from scratch:

  • Start with a rubric box.  Decide the number of criteria you will have and whether or not you want student goals.  Insert the rubric into your software.
  • Pick criteria.  Decide if you want the criteria that are already written or just a picture, or if you want to write your own criteria.  Place the criteria over the first box of each row.
  • Pick levels of performance.  Place the faces for the levels of performance over the remaining boxes.
  • If you are having students write goals, then write a prompt for the goals writing.
  • If you are including a label below the rubric, paste a label below the rubric box. Insert text and write the name of the project and a place for students to fill in their name and class.
  • When filling out the rubric, have students color in the face that best represents their level of performance. 

Terms of Use

You may

  • create rubrics for your own personal use and for use with your students.
  • create a rubric for a lesson you sell on Teacher Pay Teachers or other similar site provided that you give credit to Expressive Monkey somewhere in the document.  Linking to Expressive Monkey’s store page is also wonderful, but not required.
  • share the lessons you’ve made which include the rubrics made with the rubric kit with other teachers provided that you give credit to Expressive Monkey somewhere in the document.
  • let others know where to find the rubric kit in Expressive Monkey’s store. 
  • use Expressive Monkey’s logo (included) to give Expressive Monkey credit in your lesson.

 You may not

  • share the rubric kit with other teachers.
  • sell or giveaway rubrics made with the rubric kit that are not part of a lesson.


Easily download this zip file with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase and you can begin making rubrics right away!


If you have a Mac computer, just click on the zip file and it will create a folder (almost magically) filled with all the goodies you just purchased.

Windows uses File Explorer to open zipped files.  Here are some easy instructions from Microsoft in case you’ve not done this before.