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Lights, Candles, Action! Performance Task
This performance task is part of the Smarter Balanced Practice test. The task stimulus describes two candles that are being used in a scene for a movie. The stimulus provides the initial heights and burn rates of the candles, together with pictures of the candles before they are lit and 1 hour after they are lit. Students are required to reason about the decreasing heights of the candles as they burn at different rates in the context of filming the movie scene. There are six items in the task. The task is designed to support students in building directly on their reasoning from earlier items of the task in order to complete later items of the task.
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* This performance task comes from the Smarter Balanced Practice test items released in February 2017.
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