A performance task is a real-world scenario that requires students to apply learned skills and knowledge across content areas in a new or unfamiliar context. Because a performance task is an assessment, students must be given ample opportunity to learn the skills contained in the task before completing it. Students learn the skills or knowledge through daily activities and lessons, then instead of a paper-and-pencil test, students are given a performance task. The results from a performance task can then be used to identify students who need reteaching of specific standards. There are different ways to design a performance task, but my favorite is the GRASPS model.
This performance task requires students to use addition and rounding skills as they go on a shopping trip in Greece. Students are tourists on vacation in Greece with a budgeted amount to spend on souvenirs and activities. Perfect for integrating social studies and math! Students will then present their visuals of what they bought. This also ties in speaking and listening skills.
3rd Grade Math Domain assessed through this task is: Numbers & Operations in Base Ten. Specific Standards are: CCSS.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.1 CCSS.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.2. 3rd Grade ELA Domain assessed through this task is: Comprehension & Collaboration. Specific Standard is: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4.
This task can also be used for advanced 2nd graders or as a review for 4th graders.
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I have 16 years of educational experience. I am currently a middle school social studies teacher and am loving it! I have taught grades K-6 either as a homeroom teacher, Title I/EIP teacher, Extended Day teacher, and instructional coach. My goal is to create interactive lessons and units that bring social studies alive for my students and help them make personal connections to the content.