Sample Performance Tasks
Your students’ success can begin today. These free sample performance tasks are yours to download now, so you can start exploring Exemplars right away. They’re just a few of the hundreds of tasks included in every product, all created expressly to align with relevant standards.
From differentiated math tasks that build a practice of problem solving to hands-on science investigations that instill the skills of inquiry to writing tasks that build students' communication skills, you’ll discover a range of rich and engaging performance materials — ready for you to try in the classroom today. And, they all include rubrics and student anchor papers!
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.Summative assessments include student anchor papers and scoring rationales.
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.
Students determine whether or not Mike found 10 marbles.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.