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Inquiry-Based Science, K-8

Exemplars performance material provides teachers and administrators with a way of teaching and assessing science-process and communication skills.

 

 

 

 

 

Our open-ended investigations help students develop conceptual understanding while utilizing the skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication.

Material is classroom tested and can be used for assessment, instruction and professional development. Standards-based rubrics and student anchor papers are integral components of our material. Alignments are available for state and national standards, including STEM.

Exemplars science tasks have been reviewed and approved by NSTA Recommends. 

Exemplars currently offers the following inquiry-based resources:

Current Science Material

Scientific Inquiry for the 21st Century, K–8

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New! Delivered online, this supplemental resource provides educators with a powerful collection of performance material for planning, instruction and assessment to support state and national standards (NSES, NRC, AAAS and STEM).

220 rich investigations help students develop conceptual understanding while utilizing the skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication. Tasks are linked to Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Life Science and Science Perspectives.

Material is organized by Content Standards, Big Ideas, Inquiry Process and Design Technology Skills, and Math Concepts for the grade spans K–2, 3–5 and 6–8. Links to children's literature for the elementary grades are also included.

K–8 materials feature:

  • 220 open-ended, performance tasks for assessment, instruction, portfolio pieces and staff development
  • Assessment rubrics that offer teachers clear guidelines for evaluating students understanding and providing meaningful feedback
  • Student rubrics that encourage self and peer-assessment
  • Annotated student anchor papers that demonstrate and explain what it looks like to meet (and not meet) the standard for each investigation
  • Rich, teaching notes and Planning Sheets to guide instruction and assessment
  • Interdisciplinary links to extend learning across the curriculum
  • Alignments for state, national and STEM standards
Order code: SI21
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Scientific Inquiry for the 21st Century: Built for the NGSS, K–8

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New! Delivered online, this supplemental resource provides educators with a compilation of science tasks and teaching tools developed expressly to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Material may be used for instruction, assessment and professional development.

220 rich investigations help students develop conceptual understanding while utilizing the skills of inquiry, engineering, and communication. Tasks are linked to Earth and Space Science, Physical Science and Life Science.

Material is organized by Disciplinary Core Idea, Crosscutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices for the grade spans K–2, 3–5 and 6–8. Links to children's literature for the elementary grades are also included.

K–8 materials feature:

  • 220 open-ended, performance tasks for assessment, instruction, portfolio pieces and staff development
  • Assessment rubrics that offer teachers clear guidelines for evaluating students understanding and providing meaningful feedback
  • Student rubrics that encourage self and peer-assessment
  • Annotated student anchor papers that demonstrate and explain what it looks like to meet (and not meet) the standard for each investigation
  • Rich, teaching notes and Planning Sheets to guide instruction and assessment
  • Interdisciplinary links to extend learning across the curriculum
  • Alignments for NGSS and national STEM standards
Order code: SINGSS
View pricing information for single and multiple schools.

The most powerful form of professional development occurs when teachers work together to assess student performance and discuss student work. This experience ties together assessment, curriculum and instruction. Exemplars material supports this process.

Our teacher-friendly tasks are designed to support both the Common Core and Citywide instructional expectations. GO Math! alignments are also available.
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Here's What People Are Saying

Using the Exemplars has added strength and depth to our mathematics program. Our primary math curriculum is Investigations in Number, Data, and Space a standards-based program. The two fit nicely together because both require students to explain their reasoning and show their work using numbers, pictures and words...

Vickie Brown

Elementary School Teacher

Socorro Independent School District

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