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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2016, Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

  Question 21: Open-Response  
The drawing below shows two strong bar magnets. The north pole of one of the magnets has been identified. The other poles are labeled 1, 2, and 3.
Diagram of two bar magnets touching each other. The ends of the magnets from left to right are labeled N, 1, 2, 3.
  1. Based on the position of the magnets, identify each of the poles (labeled 1, 2, and 3) as either north or south.
  2. Explain how you were able to identify each of the poles in part (a).
  3. Describe what would happen if the second magnet was flipped so that the poles labeled 1 and 3 were next to each other.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 The response demonstrates a thorough understanding of magnets and how magnetic poles repel and attract each other. The response correctly identifies each labeled pole as north or south, clearly explains how each pole was identified, and clearly describes what would happen if the second magnet was flipped so that poles 1 and 3 were next to each other.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of magnets and how magnetic poles repel and attract each other.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of magnets and how magnetic poles repel and attract each other.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of magnets and how magnetic poles repel and attract each other.
0 The response is incorrect or contains some correct work that is irrelevant to the skill or concept being measured.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

Grade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering

Question 20: Earth and Space Science
Question 21: Physical Sciences

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