Task Bank

Task Bank

The goal of the MCIEA Task Bank is to provide models of high-quality performance tasks, rubrics, and curriculum planning documents from educators in MCIEA districts. Sharing across schools will illustrate the ways MCIEA educators are using performance assessment to measure in multiple ways the deeper thinking skills that we want our students to learn and demonstrate. The MCIEA Task Bank depends on educator willingness to share with each other!

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Students are planning a container garden with one plot for themselves and one for a friend. They will conduct self-reflection and interviews around veg preferences. Based on the data they collect they will plan a garden for themselves and their friend. They will be asked to compare, using fractions, perimeter, and area, the garden they planned to their neighbor’s garden. After the comparison, students will reflect on the choices they made throughout the task.

Subject(s): Math
Grades(s): 3-5

Students will take on the role of environmental activist-educators who strive to educate elementary school students about environmental restoration in the wake of natural and human-caused disturbances to ecosystems.

Subject(s): Science
Grades(s): 6-8

Students will take on the role of the school nurse to demonstrate an understanding of body systems. This assessment provides students with five “patient” profiles that have a brief list of symptoms.

Subject(s): Science
Grades(s): 6-8

Students will take on the role of artists submitting a piece of work and an artist statement that tells the story of life (grounded in concepts of evolution) for a contest for a natural history exhibition. In their art (or artist statement), students will show their knowledge of the evolution of life forms from organic molecules to more complex structures.

Subject(s): Science
Grades(s): 9-12

Students will be asked to submit a pitch to a film production company in which they share why their memoir should be turned into a film. Students will take the memoirs they have written during a larger unit and develop a summary that emphasizes the plot, the major arc of their story, along with the major characters in their memoir. Additionally, students will be asked to do an analysis of the tone and mood of their own text to create a soundtrack.

Subject(s): ELA
Grades(s): 6-8

Students will choose a leader or activist that resonates with them and conduct research on this figure’s life experiences, challenges, and accomplishments. Using this research, students will write an essay explaining how this activist/leader embodies the values and leadership qualities the student finds to be in important in change agents or positive figures.

Subject(s): ELA
Grades(s): 3-5

Students will take on the role of textbook authors, who are writing a more holistic history of Native Americans. Students will conduct research on Native Americans tribes in the New England region to learn about how they adapted to environments and the impact of that today.

Subject(s): ELA, SocialStudies
Grades(s): 3-5

Over the course of 3-4 class periods, students will show their knowledge of fractions as they take on the role of music composer. They will show how unit fractional notes make up a whole and generate equivalent fractions for a 4/4 beat.

Subject(s): ELA, Music
Grades(s): 3-5

Students will combine their knowledge of birds and adaptations with their imagination to create new a new bird that has adaptive features. Students will start by thinking of a home for the bird and imagine a bird that can survive in the home that the student creates.

Subject(s): Science, ELA
Grades(s): k-2