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Color Dots 3
Examples of Student Work
Contributed by: New York State Alternative Assessment in Science Project (NYSED)

Student #1

Task: At this station, you will be observing the effects of water on dots of different colors.


  • 1 filter paper with colored tabs
  • 1 cup with water
  • Paper towels


  1. Before you are a small cup of water and a piece of cut filter paper..

  2. Bend the tabs with colored dots upwards as shown in the diagram.

  3. Next, turn the paper upside-down and place the four tabs into the small cup. Be sure the colored dots are above the water surface, but be sure that each of the tabs is touching the surface of the water.


  4. After about 1 minute, when the first color reaches the top of the tab, remove the paper and flatten it out on a paper towel.

    Colored Dots 3
    Answer Sheet

    1. Describe what you observed about each of the dots.

      Yellow Dot

      Green Dot

      Red Dot

      Black Dot

    2. Explain why the red dot acted differently than the other dots.

    3. Explain why the black dot acted the way it did.


    NYS Alternative Assessment in Science Project
    NSF Grant #MDR-9154506
    Copyright, April, 1996
    The State University of New York
    The State Education Department
    Albany, New York 12234

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