On Stage! Holiday Concert Planning Performance Task (Grades 3-5)



By some miracle, the student solving this problem has become the music program director! They are charged with planning the entire holiday program for the classroom. They will need to determine the number of tickets needed, what food and drink to serve, how to set up the risers, tables and chairs, and design the invitations and programs.

There are 6 in-depth problems within this gigantic problem (each step is it’s own problem) walking the student through what they need to do.
The problems integrate math, reading and writing. It is challenging, open ended, and is a perfect way to practice performance tasks. Everything you need for the problem is included.

The preview contains a peek at what type of thinking they will be doing during the problem.

Each section is about a full page (or more) of reading to help students practice reading for understanding in math problems. The problems are open ended, meaning that students can come to more than one answer. The problems are deep, multi-step and require perseverance. You will notice that the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within these performance tasks.

These challenges are appropriate for end of the year 3rd grade (or gifted 3rd graders anytime), 4th grade and possibly for struggling 5th graders. They could be used as an assessment, a partner activity, for small group work, as work for students who have finished assignments early or for gifted and talented small groups. Each problem most likely will take more than one class period to complete.

The problem steps and their curricular area of focus:

1. Ticketing: organization and design, number and operations, calculating money, writing (grammar)
2. Invitation Design: measurement measurement, organization and design, critical thinking, applied math
3. Set it Up!: critical thinking, area, multiplication, labeling
4. The Song Line Up: elapsed time, calculating/adding decimal numbers
5. Feed Me!: measurement conversion, calculating money/adding decimal numbers, critical thinking, applied math
6. The Program is the Key: organization and design, writing (grammar)

A rubric for scoring each of the problems is at the end of the set. A checklist is also included (see the preview) to help assess the skills at each level of the problem.

All of the problems require reading for understanding as well as writing to explain their thinking. They are challenging and fun!

Additional information

Answer Key

Rubric Only

File Type

PDF (Acrobat) Document File

Grade Levels

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Teaching Duration

1 Week

Total Pages

16 pages


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