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

Student #1


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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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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