Grades 5-8 Performance Tasks

 


The grades 5-8 performance tasks currently come from several sources: the Council of Chief State School Officers/State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (CCSSO/SCASS), Partnership for the Assessment of Standards-based Science (PASS), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the RAND Institution (RAND), the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU), and the Oregon State Education Department (OSED).

Some tasks cover multiple content areas. All tasks include a Science as Inquiry component. The specific inquiry skills are displayed in the assessment chart for the task.
Major Content Area
Physical Science
Life Science
  Earth and Space Science
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

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Physical Science
Acid and Base

* Acid and Bases-Alien I (RAND) Design an experiment to determine which solution is the best medicine for a sick alien.

* Acid and Bases-Alien II (RAND) Perform an experiment to determine which solution is the best medicine for a sick alien.

* Acid and Bases-Alien III (RAND) Read about an experiment to determine which solution is the best medicine for a sick alien.

Acid and Base Testing 1 (NYSED) Study descriptions of indicators and the way they are used to identify acids and bases.

Acid and Base Testing 1-Micro (NYSED) Study descriptions of indicators and the way they are used to identify acids and bases.

Acid and Base Testing 2 (NYSED) Study descriptions of indicators and the way they are used to identify acids and bases.

Acid and Base Testing 2-Micro (NYSED) Study descriptions of indicators and the way they are used to identify acids and bases.

Acids and Bases -- Vinegar I (RAND) Design and perform an experiment to measure the strength of acids and bases.

Acids and Bases -- Vinegar II (RAND) Measure the strength and reactions of acids and bases.

Acids and Bases -- Vinegar III (RAND) Read about measuring the strength and reactions of acids and bases.

* Acid Precipitation (NYSED) Determine the level of acidity of solutions representing state water collections.

* Acid Precipitation- Micro (NYSED) Determine the level of acidity of solutions representing state water collections.

pH Acid Base Indicators (CCSSO) Demonstrate understanding of the role of acid-base indicators as a function of pH.

 
Applied Science

Phases of Matter (NYSED) Apply content knowledge about the phases of matter to observations and problems from everyday life.

Rain Drops (APU) Examine drops of water on several materials used on the outside of buildings.

 
Classify

Classification of Materials (RAND) This task assesses students' abilities to classify, organize and present data, and describe objects and their characteristics.

Electricity

* Electrical Circuits and Switches (CCSSO) Design a circuit that can be utilized by someone without hands.

More Power to You (CCSSO) Construct and use a simple galvanometer to detect the presence of an electric current.

 

Energy

Bounce Ball Back (MSPAP) Working in teams of four to measure the rebound heights of a tennis ball dropped from four different heights. Also investigating with the bouncing balls to measure changes in the type of energy they possess.

Heat

Heat Retention (CCSSO) Test four materials to see which would be best for use as a heat mass.

Ice Melting (OSED) Design investigations to test various materials to prevent heat gain in frozen water.

Insulators (OSED) Design and carry out an investigation to test which material is the best insulator.

Sun and Temperature (NYSED) Observe the relationship of temperature to environmental conditions.

Survival (APU) Determine the best material from which to make a jacket to keep the body warm.

Magnets

Classifying Materials (CCSSO SCASS) Group the elements according to their relative magnetic properties and densities.

Magnets (OSED) Design an investigation exploring the strength of magnets.

Mass and Density

Density (CCSSO) Construct aluminum foil boats and see how many washers they can support before sinking.

Density and Buoyancy (OSED) Practice measuring, calculating, and predicting density and buoyancy.

Density of a Sinker (NYSED) Determine the mass, volume and density of a sinker.

Density of Minerals (NYSED) Formulate and apply rules used to compare and rank mineral samples.

Unknown Liquids (NYSED) Determine which bottle has the liquid of greater density.

Measurement

Estimating (APU) Make simple observations and estimations on the mass, volume, length and area of various objects.

Motion and Forces

Changing Ramp Heights (NYSED) Determine the relationship between the height of a ramp and the energy of a ball.

Circular Motion (CCSSO SCASS) Investigate centripetal force.

Friction (RAND) Examine the relationship between object weight and pulling force on various surfaces.

Half-Ball (KDE) Investigate Newton's Laws of Motion and the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Height of Bounce (NYSED) Determine the relationship between the height of release and rebound of a ping pong ball.

Pendulum (RAND) Create a pendulum and measure the periodicity of the pendulum, using four different combinations of string.

Pendulums (OSED) Construct pendulums and experiment with variables.

Rolling Down Hill (ISTA) Perform an experiment, collect, and analyze data of a rolling marble down a ramp, and report results aftering completing the experiment.

Sand In Bottles (NYSED) Determine how fast a bottle will roll down a ramp with varying amounts of sand inside.

Swinging (APU) Examine and modify a swinging apparatus.

Velocity (CCSSO) Determine the average speed of a toy car.

* Where the Rubber Meets the Road (KDE) Test friction of three different asphalt strips: dry, wet, and oily.

 

Properties of Matter

Rubber Band (TIMSS) Investigate what would happen to the length of a rubber band as more and more rings were hung on it.

Reactions

Blue (APU) Follow directions and correctly utilize equipment in a simple chemical experiment.

Chemical Changes (NYSED) Determine what evidence indicates that a chemical change is occurring.

Heating Crystals (APU) Examine the effects of heating on various crystals.

Identifying Elements (CCSSO) Observe spectrum of fluorescent light and incandescent light using diffraction glasses.

Paper Chromatography (CCSSO) Separate ink into component chemicals using paper chromatography.

* Powder (KDE) Study several unidentified substances and suggest a use for each substance.

Rate of Solution (NYSED) Determine the amount of agitation necessary to dissolve various sized sugar particles.

Reaction Rates (CCSSO) Determine the relationship between temperature and reaction rate of a mixture.

Starch and Sugar Testing 1 (NYSED) Determine the presence of starch and sugar in unknown solutions.

Starch and Sugar Testing 2 (NYSED) Design and conduct an experiment to determine which solutions contain starch or sugar.

Temperature & Enzymes (CCSSO) Investigate the effect of adding rennin to milk at different temperatures.

Threads (APU) Observe the similarities between burning threads.

Sound

Sound box (APU) Make simple observations and identify relevant variables, such as frequency and diameter.

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Life Science
Ecosystems

* Acid Precipitation (NYSED) Determine the level of acidity of solutions representing state water collections.

* Acid Precipitation- Micro (NYSED) Determine the level of acidity of solutions representing state water collections.

Pond-water Populations (OSED) Examine the growth of algae or other organisms in aquarium or pond water.

Predator/Prey Relationship (CCSSO) Use data to write a response to a proposal to reduce the lynx population.

Growth

Growth of Yeast (CCSSO) Investigate the growth of yeast in a sugar solution.

Seed Growth (OSED) Investigate how different variables affect seed growth.

Physiology

* Acid and Bases-Alien I (RAND) Design an experiment to determine which solution is the best medicine for a sick alien.

* Acid and Bases-Alien II (RAND) Perform an experiment to determine which solution is the best medicine for a sick alien.

* Acid and Bases-Alien III (RAND) Read about an experiment to determine which solution is the best medicine for a sick alien.

Pulse (TIMSS) Examine changes in pulse rate with exercise.

Stimulus/Response in Invertebrates (OSED) Examine an invertebrate's survival techniques.

Traits

Classification (CCSSO) Use a dichotomous classification scheme to classify animals.

Classification of Animals (RAND) Examine two-way classification systems.

Critter Museum (RAND) Sort and classify a collection of animals based on adaptations.

Dichotomous Key (NYSED) Use a dichotomous key to identify unknown fictitious organisms.

Dichotomous Key 2 (NYSED) Use a dichotomous key to identify unknown fictitious organisms.

Tadpoles (APU ) Examine tadpoles at various stages of development.


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Earth and Space Science
Earth Processes

Changing Rocks (NYSED) Model and measure the effects of erosion.

Chemical Weathering (NYSED) Measure the effect of water temperature on the rate of a chemical reaction.

Crustal Sinking (NYSED) Model the interaction between the Earth's crust and upper mantle.

Earthquake Epicenter (NYSED) Determine the location of the epicenter of an earthquake.

Erosion (OSED) Examine the erosion of sand compared to the erosion of gravel.

Fault Line (PASS) Investigate what happens when there is an earthquake or movement along the boundaries of plates.

Globe_IT_ES1 (GLOBE) Seasons - GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_IT_ES2 (GLOBE) Making Connections1 GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_IT_ES3 (GLOBE) Making Connections2 GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_NCTE_ES1 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity - Densiometer1 - GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_NCTE_ES2 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity - Clinometer1 - GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_NCTE_ES3 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity - Compass1 - GLOBE EarthSystems Unit.

Globe_NCTM_ES1 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Clinometer1 - GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_PT_ES1 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Densiometer - GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_PT_ES2 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Clinometer - GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Globe_PT_ES3 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Compass - GLOBE Earth Systems Unit.

Land Forms

Mapping the Blue Part (KDE) Determine the location of specific features of the stimulated ocean floor including the continental shelf, continental slope, an ocean trench, and a mid-oceanic ridge.

Ocean Bottom Profile (NYSED) Interpret a graph of ocean depths and topographic features.

Probing Under the Surface (NYSED) Use a measuring stick to determine the shape of the inside of the bottom of a box.

Resources

Building Materials (RAND) Investigate properties of rocks to determine which is best suited for building tables and benches.

Globe_IT_LC1 (GLOBE) Land Cover - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_NCTE_LC1 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity Budding1 - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_NCTE_LC2 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity - Budding2 - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_NCTE_LC3 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity Budding3 - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_NCTM_LC1 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Budding - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_NCTM_LC2 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Qualitative Cover1 - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_PT_LC1 (GLOBE) Protocol Test MUC - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_PT_LC2 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Cluster - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_PT_LC3 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Field Study - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_PT_LC4 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Biometry - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_PT_LC5 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Trees - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Globe_PT_LC6 (GLOBE) Protocol Test BioMass - GLOBE LandCover Unit.

Soil

Air in Soil (NYSED) Use water to measure the porosity of topsoil and determine air space in topsoil.

Creeping (NYSED) Observe, measure, and graph a model of slow downslope movement representing soil creep.

Globe_IT_S1 (GLOBE) Soils - Investigation Test 1 - GLOBE Soils Unit.

Globe_IT_S2 (GLOBE) Soils - Investigation Test 2 - GLOBE Soils Unit.

Globe_NCTM_S1 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Soil Temperature - GLOBE Soils Unit.

Globe_NCTM_S2 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Soil Moisture - GLOBE Soils Unit.

Globe_PT_S1 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Soil Moisture - GLOBE Soils Unit.

Globe_PT_S2 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Soil Temperature - GLOBE Soils Unit.

Peat Pots (NYSED) Calculate the rate of capillarity in a model of a soil when peat pot is placed in water.

Puddles and Soil (NYSED) Examine the permeability of soils.

Water-holding Capacity of Earth Materials (OSED) Examine the water holding capacity of various Earth materials.

Solar System

Scale Model of Solar System (CCSSO) Answer questions and make a scale model of planets.

Water

Globe_IT_HY1 (GLOBE) Hydrology GLOBE Hydrology Unit.

Globe_NCTE_HY1 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity - Water pH - GLOBE Hydrology Unit.

Globe_NCTE_HY2 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity - Water Temperature - GLOBE Hydrology Unit.

Globe_NCTM_HY1 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Water Temperature - GLOBE Hydrology Unit.

Globe_PT_HY1 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Water pH - GLOBE Hydrology Unit.

Globe_PT_HY2 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Water Temperature - GLOBE Hydrology Unit.

* River Planning (KDE) Use a model to conduct an experiment involving dam construction.

Soap, Wood, and Water ( NYSED) Calculate the density of wood and predict relative buoyancy.

* Water Pollution (KDE) Determine the pH of rain water samples and then neutralize them.
Weather

Acid Rain and Its Effects (CCSSO) Investigate the damage that acid rain can do to buildings, monuments, and plants.

Barometer (OSED) Construct a barometer to use in an experiment designed to measure air pressure.

The Blizzard of 1993 (NYSED) Reading and interpreting the information from a barograph from a major winter storm.

Formation of Rain (NYSED) This task will sequence the steps leading to the formation of rain, and design a model to represent these steps.

Formation of Wind (NYSED) This task will sequence the steps leading to the formation of wind, and describe the cause and effect relationships involved in the formation of wind.

Globe_IT_ATM1 (GLOBE) Atmosphere GLOBE Atmosphere Unit

Globe_NCTE_ATM1 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity Rainfall - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_NCTE_ATM2 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity Air Temperature - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_NCTE_ATM3 (GLOBE) NCTE Activity Solid Precipitation - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_NCTM_ATM1 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity Rainfall - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_NCTM_ATM2 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Air Temperature - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_NCTM_ATM3 (GLOBE) NCTM Activity - Solid Precipitation - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_PT_ATM1 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Rainfall - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_PT_ATM2 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Precipitation - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Globe_PT_ATM3 (GLOBE) Protocol Test Air Temperature - GLOBE Atmosphere Unit.

Wet-Dry Bulb Hygrometers (CCSSO) Measure relative humidity and apparent temperature.

 

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Science and Technology
Innovation

* Electrical Circuits and Switches (CCSSO) Design a circuit that can be utilized by someone without hands.

* Oil Spill (KDE) Collect and analyze data to determine the best absorbent material.

* Powder (KDE) Study several unidentified substances and suggest a use for each substance.

* Where the Rubber Meets the Road (KDE) Test friction of three different asphalt strips: dry, wet, and oily.

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Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

Development

* River Planning (KDE) Use a model to conduct an experiment involving dam construction.

Hazards

* Oil Spill (KDE) Collect and analyze data to determine the best absorbent material.

* Water Pollution (KDE) Determine the pH of rain water samples and then neutralize them.

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* indicates that the task assesses student understanding of more than one content area.

 


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