Classroom Sample Tasks



The Classroom Sample Tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers across the disciplines have collaborated to write sample tasks, which are the result of a vision of integrating science, engineering, and mathematics for classroom use.

Currently, nine draft middle and high school tasks are available below. Additional tasks, including those for elementary grade levels, will be added as they become available. Educators are encouraged to modify these tasks for their needs and to let us know how they can be improved (via the website contact form).  It important to note that these tasks are drafts and that they will be revised as we receive feedback from users. 

Introduction and Overview:  Learn more about the tasks and their development process and criteria.

Middle School Sample Tasks

  • Antibiotic Resistance [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: MS-LS4-4, MS-LS4-6, MS-ETS1-1, CCSS-M: 7.RP.A.2, 7.SP.A.2, 7.SP.C.7, 7.SP.C.7a, 8.F.A.1, 8.F.B.5, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: W.7.1, W.7.1.a-c, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.1.a-c, WHST.6-8.7, W.7.7
  • Four Cities [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: MS-ESS2-6, CCSS-M: 6.SP.A.2, 6.SP.A.3, 6.SP.B.4, 6.SP.B.5c, 7.SP.A.1, 7.SP.B.4, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: W.7.2, W.7.2.a-c, WHST.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.2.a-c
  • Ocean Waves [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: MS-PS2-3, MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3, CCSS-M: 8.F.A.2, 8.F.A.3, 8.F.B.4, 8.F.B.5, 8.SP.A.1, 8.SP.A.2, 8.SP.A.3, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: W.8.2, W.8.2.a-f, W.8.7, WHST.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.2.a-f, WHST.6-8.7, SL.8.4
  • Watershed [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: MS-ESS2-4, CCSS-M: 6.RP.3.C, 6.EE.B.9, 6.G.A.1, 7.G.B.6, 8.G.9, 8.SP.A.1, 8.SP.A.2, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: W.8.1, W.8.1.a-c, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.1.a-c

High School Sample Tasks

  • Analyzing Floods [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: HS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-5, CCSS-M: HSN.Q.A.1, HSN.Q.A.3, HSS.ID.B.6, HSS.ID.B.6a, HSF.IF.C.7e, HSA.CED.2a, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: W.11-12.1, W.11-12.1.a-b, WHST.11-12.1, WHST.11-12.1.a-b
  • Bee Colony Numbers [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-ETS1-3, CCSS-M: HSF.LE.1, HSF.LE.2, HSF.LE.5, HSS.ID.6, HSS.IC.6, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: RST.11-12.2, RST.11-12.7, RST.11-12.9, RI.11-12.7, W.11-12.7, W.11-12.9, WHST.11-12.7, WHST.11-12.9
  • Solar Cooker [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: HS-PS3-1, HS-PS3-2, HS-PS3-3, HS-ETS1-3, CCSS-M: HSN.Q.1, HSN.Q.2, HSA.CED.3, HSA.CED.4, HSF.LE.1b, HSG.MG.3, HSS.ID.6, HSS.ID.6a, HSS.ID.6c, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: W.9-10.2, W.9-10.2.a, W.9-10.2.d-f, W.9-10.7, WHST.9-10.2, WHST.9-10.2.a, WHST.9-10.2.d-f, WHST.9-10.7
  • Sub-Zero [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: HS-PS1-2, HS-PS1-4, HS-PS3-4, CCSS-M: HSN.Q.1, HSN.Q.2, HSN.Q.3, HSA.CED.1, HSS.ID.6, HSS.ID.6a, HSS.ID.6c, HSS.ID.7, HSA.REI.3, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: RST.9-10.3, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.1.a-c, W.9-10.7, WHST.9-10.1, WHST.9-10.1.a-c, WHST.9-10.2, WHST.9-10.4, WHST.9-10.7
  • Unraveling Earth's Early History [pdf] [Microsoft Word]: NGSS: HS-ESS1-6, CCSS-M: HSF.IF.9, HSF.LE.1, HSF.LE.5, HSS.ID.1, HSS.ID.6, HSS.ID.6a, HSS.ID.6c, HSS.ID.7, HSS.IC.6, CCSS-ELA/Literacy: W.9-10.1, W.9-10.1.a-c, WHST.9-10.1, WHST.9-10.1.a-c