Sample Performance Tasks
Your students’ success can begin today! Explore sample performance tasks including math tasks that build problem-solving skills, science tasks that instill the skills of inquiry, and writing tasks that build communication skills. These samples are just a few of the hundreds of tasks in every Exemplars product.
How Exemplars Math Delivers
Our authentic problem-solving tasks encourage students to meet the criteria of our Standards-Based Math Rubric, based on the NCTM Process Standards. To meet the Exemplars standard, students must do more than find the correct answer. They must also communicate to justify their thinking and reasoning, use formal math language, create representations to show conceptual understanding, and make math connections.
Using our performance tasks over time in concert with our rubric expectations, students develop solutions that look like this:
Grade 1 student work sample. The typed text represents teacher scribing, which helps capture a student's thinking. This student meets the Exemplars standard.
Grade 3 student work sample. This student uses a strategy of a labeled number line and clear math reasoning to develop justification for their solution. This student meets the Exemplars standard.
Grade 5 student work sample. This student justifies their solution with two different representations and clear mathematical reasoning. This student meets the Exemplars standard.
Featured Performance Material
Subjects + Grades
Non-Common Core Math
On the Beach
Students determine how many pink shells Kim found on the beach.Summative assessments include student anchor papers and scoring rationales.
Students determine if four children can share the money in Grandfather's wallet equally.Instructional tasks include differentiated versions at 3 points of entry.
Common Core Math
Students count to determine the number of raisin eyes needed for six gingerbread men.Summative assessments include student anchor papers and scoring rationales.
Students determine how many plastic dinosaurs Danny has left after he gives some to a friend.Instructional tasks include differentiated versions at 3 points of entry.
NYS Next Generation Math
Cans of Paint
Given the amount of cans of paint on two shelves, student determine how many cans of paint are on the third shelf.Instructional tasks include differentiated versions at 3 points of entry.
Given a cost per pair of skateboard wheels, students determine how much money is needed to buy 846 skateboard wheels.Instructional tasks include differentiated versions at 3 points of entry.
The Book Shelf
Students determine who put a greater number of books on a book shelf.Summative assessments include student anchor papers and scoring rationales.
Sharing Jelly Beans
Given a number of jelly beans in a bowl, students determine how to share the jelly beans among three friends equally.Instructional tasks include differentiated versions at 3 points of entry.
Middle School Math, 6-8 and 9-12
Non-NGSS Science, K-8
A Rock's History
Students are asked to collect and analyze a rock sample found during a class “Rock Hunt” on the school grounds.
Can You Keep Ice From Melting?
Students explore and investigate ways to design insulators that affect the rate at which ice melts.
NGSS Science, K-8
Where Does a Drop of Rain Go?
Students draw and write about how rain is made and where raindrops go after falling out of the sky.
How Much Diversity is There in This Habitat?
Students conduct a field study of a local habitat. Students identify and draw the plant and animal life in the habitat.
Character Analysis Lesson
Princess Penelope's Parrot, written by Helen Lester, may be used in grades K–4. All levels of students will enjoy the story and be able to identify character traits. Whole class/direct instruction may be applied for this lesson.