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Task with Student Directions

Grade K-4 Performance Task
Contributed by: New York State Education Department (NYSED)
NYS Alternative Assessment in Science Project (1996)


At this station, you will observe the ability of different objects to magnify small letters.


  • 1 hand lens
  • 1 clear block
  • 1 white rod
  • 1 clear ball
  • 1 clear rod


1. Suppose you wanted to read the message in the box below better, but could not find a hand lens to help you see it. Which of the four objects in front of you would you choose to help you see the message?

In the data table:

  • show or tell how the objects made the message look.
  • tell whether or not the objects are good or poor magnifiers.
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Show or tell how the letters look through the object
Good or Poor Magnifier?
Hand Lens
Clear Block
Clear Rod
Clear Ball
White Rod


2. Which of the objects, besides the hand lens, would be helpful if you had to magnify a message as small as the one above?

3. Using the information you have collected, write a sentence describing two properties an object must have to be a good magnifier.



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