Science Performance Task Samples, K-8
Yours to try—free: Hands-on science performance tasks to support state and national science standards (NSES, NRC, AAAS, and STEM). Designed to help students build their skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication, these engaging investigations let learners develop their understanding of science’s big ideas.
Material is approved by NSTA Recommends and includes performance tasks for instruction and assessment, teacher planning pages, rubrics, and annotated student anchor papers. These samples reflect just a few of the 220 tasks in Scientific Inquiry for the 21st Century.
Grade Span K-2
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.
Grade Span 3-5
Can You Keep Ice From Melting?
Students explore and investigate ways to design insulators that affect the rate at which ice melts.
Grade Span 6-8
Can You Build a Model Wetland?
Students build and test a model wetland.