Skip to Navigation

Intermediate Grade Level (3-5)
Tasks

Tasks for intermediate grade levels have two components.

  1. Phase I, Learning Experiences, is a suggested series of TEKS-based lessons and performances to be used in large groups, in small groups, and/or individually. Phase I allows students to work with advanced content and processes through a discipline-based research model. Phase I is developmental and formative.
  2. In Phase II, Independent Research, students utilize and extend their learning from Phase I to develop a product. The product provides students with opportunities to synthesize learning, apply knowledge to a novel situation, and provide an advanced, high-quality demonstration of the student's knowledge and skills.

In order for students to have the necessary support to complete their projects, users are encouraged to support student completion of the learning experiences and independent research as described in each of the task descriptions. Two or more students may collaborate in Phase I and/or Phase II. When there is collaboration, each student’s individual learning must be documented.

7E Model

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is redesigning the TPSP tasks to reflect a 7E framework. Currently, approximately half of the TPSP tasks have been restructured to reflect a 7E instructional framework. These tasks have been included on this website for download via the link that appears just below the original TPSP task download button.

The 7E model is an extension of the original 5E model developed by a team of educators at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study to maximize student engagement in learning. The seven “Es” of the model are as follows:

For those TPSP tasks adapted to the 7E format, Phase I Learning Experiences provide suggested activities aligned with Elicit, Engage, Explore, and Explain. Phase II Research Process provides suggested activities to Elaborate, Explain, Evaluate, and Extend. While 7E tasks will always begin with Elicit and Engage and end with Evaluate and Extend, the sequence of Explore, Explain, and Elaborate can vary, often with recurrences of Explore and Explain throughout the task.

1For more information on the 7E model, see Eisencraft, A. (2003). Expanding the 5E model. The Science Teacher, 70(6), pp. 56–59. Retrieved from http://its-about-time.com/htmls/ap/eisenkrafttst.pdf

 

[+] Expand All Task Descriptions

Building a Business: Games and Toys

Grade 3

Grade 3 Interdisciplinary Task: Building a Business: Games and Toys

This task generates an understanding of marketing, consumer awareness, and business models through study of the games and toy industry. Read More

Download Task: Building a Business: Games and Toys! Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Mathematics in Nature

Grade 3

Grade 3 Mathematics Task: Mathematics in Nature

In this task, students examine mathematical patterns found in nature, such as tessellations, the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, and pi. Read More

Download Task: Mathematics in Nature Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

News Show Production

Grade 3

Grade 3 English Language Arts and Reading Task: News Show Production

In this task, students will explore the content, format, and production aspects of a news show. Read More


Download Task: News Show Production Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Utopian Destination

Grade 3

Grade 3 Social Studies Task: Utopian Destination

In this task, students imagine, research, plan and design the city of their dreams. Through hands-on activities and explorations building off of the history of the local community, students gain awareness of ways in which people in the local community and other communities meet their needs for government, education, communication, transportation, and recreation. Students compare and contrast urban and rural locations, as well as study how cities evolve over time.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A city proposal and product plans such as town charter, governance structure, transportation plan, city street layout and topographic maps, a tourism materials such as brochures or advertisements

[-] Hide Description

Download Task: Utopian Destination Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Enigmas

Grade 4

Grade 4 Science Task: Enigmas

This task allows students to study a naturally occurring enigma, an unsolved mystery, using scientific research methods. Read More

Download Task: Enigmas Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Download Student Attachments in Spanish (PDF)

The Gift of Age

Grade 4

Grade 4 English Language Arts and Reading Task: The Gift of Age

This task allows students to explore the reality of the process of aging while using research and interviewing methods. Read More

Download Task: The Gift of Age Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Download Student Attachments in Spanish (PDF)

Innovation Celebration

Grade 4

Grade 4 Interdisciplinary Task: Innovation Celebration

This task allows students to investigate the process of innovative thinking and to study why society calls for certain inventions at certain times. Read More

Download Task: Innovation Celebration Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Download Student Attachments in Spanish (PDF)

Math Around Town

Grade 4

Grade 4 Mathematics Task: Math Around Town

This task allows students to discover the uses of math in the real world, using interviews with professionals who need math skills for their jobs. Read More

Download Task: Math Around Town Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Download Student Attachments in Spanish (PDF)

We Are Texans

Grade 4

Grade 4 Social Studies Task: We Are Texans

This task allows students to study the differences between their own communities and those of others, researching what it would be like to live in other places. Read More

Download Task: We Are Texans Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Download Student Attachments in Spanish (PDF)

Collectibles: Fad or Fortune

Grade 5

Grade 5 Social Studies Task: Collectibles: Fad or Fortune

This task focuses on collectibles and how they retain, lose, or gain value. (Are they a fad, or a fortune?). Read More

Download Task: Collectibles: Fad or Fortune Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Story Quilt

Grade 5

Grade 5 English Language Arts and Reading Task: Story Quilt

This task builds an understanding of the relationship between history, quilting, and storytelling. Read More

Download Task: Story Quilt Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Designing Spaces

Grade 5

Grade 5 Mathematics Task: Designing Spaces

In this task, students study how mathematics applies to architecture and the creation of designed environments. Read More

Download Task: Designing Spaces Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Energy Efficiency Exploration

Grade 5

Grade 5 Science Task: Energy Efficiency Exploration

In this task, students study renewable and non-renewable energy sources and how people use energy in daily life. Read More

Download Task: Energy Efficiency Exploration Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Pursuit of Passion

Grades 3–5

Grades 3-5 English Language Arts and Reading Task: The Pursuit of Passion

This task allows students to explore the relationship between their personal interests and future opportunities. Read More

Download Task: Story Quilt Download Task (PDF) Download 7E Version of Task (PDF)

Back to the Top