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1 Plan

Organized by NGSS standards, Exemplars has developed rich investigations for K–8. Tasks focus on scientific investigation and inquiry linked to Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, and Life Science.

Find hands-on investigations to enrich instruction and assessment. Tasks may be searched for by Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts as well as Science and Engineering Practices.

Planning Sheets accompany each investigation, providing the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, Time Required, Context, Suggested Materials, Teaching Tips, Guiding Questions, and Solution for each task.

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2 Instruct

Exemplars science tasks are designed to help students develop their conceptual understanding while utilizing the skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication. They may be used for instruction, exploration, formative assessment and summative assessment.

Each task includes detailed teaching notes to support lesson planning and guide the instruction and assessment process.

3 Assess

Task-specific assessment notes and annotated student anchor papers are provided for each task. Anchor papers demonstrate student work at the performance levels of Exemplars assessment rubric.

Exemplars assessment rubric provides teachers with clear guidelines for evaluating students’ understanding and providing meaningful feedback. Rubrics are included for both teachers and students.

For each grade span, K–2, 3–5, 6–8, we’ve picked a total of 9 sample science investigations for you to check out. These are the same, complete performance tasks that subscription users have.

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