• Exemplars Assessment Rubric.
    Our Standards-Based Science Rubric allows teachers to examine student work against a set of analytic criteria to determine student performance. Our rubric criteria reflect national science standards (AAAS and NRC).
  • Exemplars Student Rubric.
    Our student rubric presents learners with important information about what is expected and what kind of work meets the standard. It may also be used to develop self- and peer-assessment abilities.
  • Exemplars Anchor Papers.
    Each science task includes annotated student anchor papers and assessment notes at the 4 performance levels of the Exemplars science rubric. These tools demonstrate for teachers and students what work meets or does not meet the standard and explains why.
  • Exemplars Differentiated Task.
    Exemplars offers rich performance tasks to enrich instruction and assessment. Hands-on investigations utilize the 5E model – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.
  • Exemplars Planning Sheet.
    Teacher Planning Sheets accompany every task. This resource outlines the science concepts and skills that students will need to know as well as valuable teaching tips, guiding questions and possible solutions.

Delivered online, this K–8 resource provides educators with a powerful suite of performance material to help students develop conceptual understanding in science while utilizing the skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication. 

220 engaging hands-on investigations are organized by Content Standards, Big Ideas, Inquiry Process and Design Technology Skills, and Math Concepts. Supports state and national standards (NSES, NRC, AAAS, and STEM).

Exemplars is the perfect supplement to any science curriculum!

Tasks

Our inquiry-based performance tasks may be used for instruction, assessment, and professional development.  

Published in K–2, 3–5, and 6–8 grade spans, hands-on investigations are uniquely designed to engage students and help them develop conceptual understanding in science while utilizing the skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication.

Content areas include Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Life Science, and Science Perspectives. Interdisciplinary links are included with each investigation along with suggestions for children's literature at the elementary level.

Material is organized by Content Standards, Big Ideas, Inquiry Process and Design Technology Skills, and Math Concepts.

Reviewed and approved by NSTA Recommends.

Science Planning Sheets icon Planning Sheets

Preliminary Planning Sheets serve as a teacher's guide for every task and outline the science concepts and skills students will need to know. Valuable teaching tips, guiding questions, and possible solutions are also provided. This resource assists with lesson preparation and assessing student work.

Science Planning Sheet sample

Rubrics

The Exemplars Standards-Based Science Rubric allows teachers to examine student work against a set of analytic criteria to determine student performance. Our rubric criteria reflect national science standards (AAAS and NRC). There are 4 performance levels – Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner (meets the standard), and Expert.

This assessment tool is designed to identify what is important, define what meets the standard, and distinguish between different levels of performance. It also provides teachers with guidelines for giving meaningful feedback to their students. 

Student rubrics, written in kid-friendly language, are also included. These may be used to develop a child's ability to self- and peer-assess.

Anchor Papers

Annotated student anchor papers and assessment notes are provided at the 4 performance levels of the Exemplars science rubric and accompany each investigation.

These tools demonstrate for teachers and students what work meets (and does not meet) the standard in accordance with the assessment rubric and explains why.

They are also a valuable staff development tool that may be used with students as a basis for self- and peer-assessment.

Material includes:

  • 220 open-ended performance tasks for assessment, instruction, portfolio pieces, and staff development for grades K–8
  • Assessment rubrics that offer teachers clear guidelines for evaluating students' understanding and for providing meaningful feedback
  • Student rubrics that encourage self and peer-assessment
  • Annotated student anchor papers that demonstrate and explain what it looks like to meet (and not meet) the standard for each investigation
  • Rich, teaching notes and Planning Sheets to guide instruction and assessment
  • Interdisciplinary links to extend learning across the curriculum
  • Alignments for state and national STEM standards
  • Online delivery for teachers.

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Please contact us or call 800-450-4050 for more information about getting started with Exemplars.

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