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Formation of Rain
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Grade 5-8 Performance Task
Contributed by:New York State Education Department (NYSED)
NYS Alternative Assessment in Science Project (1996)

Student #2


At this station, you will determine the sequence of events in the formation of rain.


  • 8 "rain" cards


Each of the eight index cards you have been given has written on it a letter and a statement describing one of the events leading to the formation of rain.

Spread the cards out on your desk, and read each statement carefully. Arrange the cards in the order in which they occur to result in the formation of rain. Assume that there is an abundant supply of water vapor already in the air.

When you are satisfied with your arrangement, record in the blanks below the letters on the cards in the order you have placed them.

In the space below, draw a diagram representing the steps leading to the formation of rain. Label each event on your diagram with letters and terms from the sequence cards. Be sure to include all of the eight events in your diagram.


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