This resource offers a collection of sample classroom tasks blending content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers across the disciplines collaborated to write tasks, which reflect a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics for classroom use. These tasks are meant to provide examples of formative assessments, modeling periodic use throughout a unit of instruction or at the end of instruction. They are also meant to be modified as needed to address the needs and contexts of teachers and their students.
The tasks are in draft form, and do not provide guidance on how to teach, or when to teach the concepts contained herein. There are four middle school tasks and five high school tasks available at this time. Tasks for elementary levels, and additional tasks for the middle and high school levels, are currently being developed and will be added as they are completed. Two of the middle school tasks emphasize Earth science concepts (i.e. modeling regional climate, and a watershed study), while the life science task focuses on the topic of antibiotic resistance. The fourth task applies the physics of waves in the context of oceans. The high school tasks are specific to disciplinary topics: In Earth science, two tasks address analysis of floods and the Earth’s early history; while the two physical science tasks address solar energy in cookers and sub-zero conditions for fisheries in Alaska. The fifth task provides a life science analysis of bee colony collapse and populations.