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Balls and Ramp
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4th Grade Performance Task
Contributed by: New York State Education Department (NYSED)
NYS Alternative Assessment in Science Project (1996)

Student #1


  1. Record your measurements on the data table below.

  2. Write a statement about the balls and the distances the cup moved. Base your statement on the data from the chart above.
  3. Write a statement explaining why the 3 balls produced different results.

  4. Examine ball X. Do not take the ball out of the plastic bag. You cannot test ball X, but if you could, predict how far the ball would move the cup.

    Explain your prediction in the space below.

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