For each performance assessment in the PALS library, information on the rubrics and scoring is shown on the Rubrics page. When adapting the rubric for a task, you will need to examine this page. The text below shows a sample adaptation of the Rubric for the "Containers" performance task.

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Containers
Rubrics

Criteria for Fully-Correct Response

Item 1 - Measure temperatures and record data in table. Student is scored both on proper use of the thermometer and on the quality of data gathering.

Ability to use thermometer. Does not require assistance in proper use

of the thermometer (Based on administrator notes on any special assistance provided.)

Total Possible Points: 1

Quality of data gathering. i) Records times and temperatures for 5 or more temperature points per container. ii) Times cover full 10 minutes range. iii) Trend in the temperature is reasonable: temperature declines with time in one or more of the cups. (One cup may be too well insulated to give measurable declines in 10 minutes.)

Total Possible Points: 3

Item 2 - Identify container that keeps hot drink warm longest. i) Identifies correct (based on administrator notes). ii) Container identified is consistent with the data in table.

Total Possible Points: 2

 

Item 3 - Explain why container retains heat. i) Relates material of containers to their ability to retain or transfer heat. ii) Includes comparison of different containers based on heat transfer. iii) Logically applies any additional relevant information (stirring, thickness of container, size differences, etc.).

Total Possible Points: 2

 

Item 4 - Predict best container for keeping ice cream cold. Identifies the same container that best keeps hot drink warm.

Total Possible Points: 1

Item 5 - Explain why container keeps ice cream cold. i) Relates material of containers to their ability to retain or transfer heat. ii) Includes comparison of different containers based on heat transfer. iii) Logically applies any additional relevant information provided (stirring, thickness of

containers, size difference, etc.).

Total Possible Points: 2

 

 

Item 4 - Predict best container for keeping ice water cold. Identifies the same container that best keeps hot drink hot.

Total Possible Points: 1

 

Item 5 - Plan an experiment to identify which of three containers keeps the ice water cold the longest. i) Put equal amounts of water in each container, ii) Use water that is the same temperature, iii) Take temperature recordings at the same time for each container, iv) Take measurements over the entire ten minute period.

Total Possible Points: 3

 

Item 6 - Measure temperatures and record data in table. Student is scored both on proper use of the thermometer and on the quality of data gathering.

Ability to use thermometer. Does not require assistance in proper use of the thermometer (Based on administrator notes on any special assistance provided.)

Total Possible Points: 1

Quality of data gathering. i) Records times and temperatures for 5 or more temperature points per container. ii) Times cover full 10 minutes range. iii) Trend in the temperature is reasonable: temperature declines with time in one or more of the cups. (One cup may be too well insulated to give measurable declines in 10 minutes.)

Total Possible Points: 3

 

Item 7 - Identify the container that keeps the cold drink cold longest. i) Identifies correct container (based on administrator notes). ii) Container identified is consistent with the data in table.

Total Possible Points: 2

 

Item 8 - Explain why the container keeps the liquid cold. i) Relates material of containers to their ability to retain or transfer heat. ii) Includes comparison of different containers based on heat transfer. iii) Logically applies any additional relevant information (stirring, thickness of container, size differences, etc.).

Total Possible Points: 2

 

Item 9 - Explain how the same container minimizes heat transfer for both hot and liquids. i) Relates material of containers to their ability to retain or transfer heat. ii) Includes comparison of different containers based on heat transfer. iii) Logically applies any additional relevant information provided (stirring, thickness of containers, size difference, etc.).

Total Possible Points: 3

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