5th Grade Performance Task
Contributed by: Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP)
Students will be working in teams of four to measure
the rebound heights of a tennis ball dropped form four different
heights. Students wil be investigating with the bouncing balls to
measure changes in the type of energy they possess.
This task is designed to take approximately 65 minutes.
Overall Task Content Area:
Specific Knowledge Areas:
- collecting data on the rebound heights of a tennis ball
- using a meter stick to measure the heights of ball bounces
- representing data in the proscribed table and graph
- using addition and division to determine the mean
National Science Education Standards:
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:
Data Analysis and Probability Standards 1:Formulate
questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize,
and display relevant data to answer them.
e. collect data using observations, surveys, and experiments
f. represent data using tables and graphs such as line
plots, bar graphs, and line graphs
Measurement Standards 1: Understand numbers, ways
of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, relationships
amoung numbers, and number systems.
g. carry out simple unit conversions, such as from centimeters
to meters, within a system of measurement
Measurement Standard 2: Apply appropriate techniques,
tools, and formulas to determine measurements.
c. use tools to measure
Number nand Operations Standard 3: Compute fluently
and make reasonable estimates.
g. develop fluency in adding, subtracting, multiplying,
and dividing whole numbers
General Instructions to the Teacher:
This task is designed to take students approximately
Students will be working both in groups and individually
during this exercise.
Students should be ready to work as soon as the period
begins. The materials should be set out at each lab station, if
possible. A central supply area, if needed, should be easily accessible.
All supplies should be clearly labeled.
Materials for "Bounce Back Ball":
At each station students should have:
- 1 tennis ball
- 1 meter stick
- 2 sheets of scrap paper for recording data
- masking tape (enough to hold the meter stick to the wall)
- 4 calculators
- Be careful.
- Teachers and students should always exercise appropriate safety
precautions and utilize appropriate laboratory safety procedures
and equipment when working on science performance tasks.
- Ask students to carry out simple unit conversions (i.e.cm-meter)