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Tasks

Tasks for the primary 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:

  • Elicit—Access and ascertain prior knowledge and understanding
    • Teacher can frame “What do you think?” questions.
  • Engage—Generate enthusiasm and stimulate interest and thinking
    • Teacher can surprise students, get students thinking, or raise questions through compelling demonstrations or presentations.
  • Explore—Provide opportunities to observe, record data, design experiments, interpret results, organize findings
    • Teacher can frame questions, suggest approaches, provide feedback, and assess understanding.
  • Explain—Introduce models, laws, and theories
    • Teacher can guide students toward generalizations and provide terminology and questions that help students explain their explorations.
  • Elaborate—Provide opportunities to apply knowledge to new domains
    • Teacher can introduce new variables and pose new questions/scenarios in which students practice transfer of knowledge.
  • Evaluate—Provide formative and summative assessment opportunities, including self-reflection
    • Teacher can conduct ongoing assessment of student learning through all phases.
  • Extend—Provide additional challenges that allow students to apply knowledge
    • Teachers can provide new contexts for application of knowledge that allow students to go one step further.1

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

 

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Do Your Part for Art

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Task: Do Your Part for Art!

This task is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of art and a basic knowledge of artistic styles. Students explore background information and styles of three artists from the past. Students discover how the artists created their masterpieces and developed their own styles. Students will display their art in a classroom exhibition.

Final Product Option(s):

  • An original work of art—the student will talk about the work using specific vocabulary

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Weather to the Extreme

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Science Task: Weather to the Extreme

In this task, students explore seasonal changes as well as extreme weather and natural disasters. Students examine weather patterns and use charts and instruments to track changes over time. They compare and contrast different kinds of weather and the different seasons. Their learning culminates in a “weather report” in which they predict what the weather will be like in the near future.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A weather report—the student will take the role of a meteorologist and offer predictions

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Trend-spotting

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Mathematics Task: Trendspotting

In this task, students will use the basic mathematical skills of counting, grouping, and comparing to observe patterns and spot trends in their everyday environments. Students observe how quantities of items counted vary over time and how they might make predictions based on increasing or decreasing numbers. Students keep a trend-spotting journal and illustrate their findings through a series of posters. Finally, students adopt the role of a product designer and apply their learning to the creation of an original design for the item being studied.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A trend-spotting journal, poster series depicting observed patterns, and a product design poster.

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Holiday Proposal

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Social Studies Task: Holiday Proposal

In this task, students will explore and analyze holidays. Students will examine various approaches to celebrating national holidays as well as symbols and traditions. They will research how holidays are related to important events and the contributions of individuals. Finally, their learning will culminate with the creation of their own holiday complete with a full event plan, map, and budget describing the celebration.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A proposal for a holiday including messaging materials, a timeline, and an event plan.

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It’s a Family Affair: A Study of Culture and Tradition

Grade 1

Grade 1 Social Studies Task: It’s a Family Affair: A Study of Culture and Tradition

This task generates an understanding of various family traditions, beliefs, and customs through the study of traditions from a variety of cultures. Students will investigate the origins and evolution of different traditions. As part of the research process, student groups will create new traditions and present them to the class or community.

Final Product Option(s):

  • Each group will create a new tradition and decorate an exhibit to represent the tradition and present the significance of the tradition’s attributes

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Animal Nation

Grade 1

Grade 1 Science Task: Animal Nation

In this task, students will study different animals to learn about their basic needs and the ecosystems in which they live. Students choose an animal to observe, describe, and research, determining its basic needs and how they are met. Students will then discuss different outcomes for their animals if their needs are not met (e.g., become extinct, adapt). Their learning will culminate in an “animal report” in which they will predict their animals’ future if their needs are not met and present their predictions to the class.

Final Product Option(s):

  • An animal report identifying key findings including the animal’s strengths and its likely future

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Songwriter's Club

Grade 1

Grade 1 English Language Arts and Reading Task: Songwriter's Club

In this task, students will study songs and explore song lyrics as storytelling devices. Students will research the songwriting process and songwriters. Students will examine how songs communicate content and emotions. Their learning will culminate in the composition and presentation of original song lyrics that tell a story about their own life.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A story and an original set of song lyrics loosely based on that story

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Taking Shape

Grade 1

Grade 1 Mathematics Task: Taking Shape

In this interdisciplinary task, combining mathematics and theatre, students study geometric shapes in their environment through the lens of a fictional story such as The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns. Students reinterpret the text, rewrite scenes, and adapt them into a short performance. Furthermore, students apply mathematical vocabulary and skills such as counting, sequencing and measuring through the design and construction of original costumes for the play.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A script of a scene for an original play
  • A costume design for a character in the play

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Who’s Who: A Study of Biography

Grade 2

Grade 2 English Language Arts and Reading Task: Who’s Who: A Study of Biography

In this task, students study famous people and how they used their gifts and talents to overcome challenges and become successful. Students compare/contrast biographies of several people. In their research, they will choose a figure to study and create a timeline of the person’s life.

Final Product Option(s):

  • An original form of biography—the student will tell about the person in a genre that is appropriate for that person (e.g., a student who studied an artist may create a piece of art that reflects the artist’s biography)

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The Ripple Effect: A Study of Water

Grade 2

Grade 2 Science Task: The Ripple Effect: A Study of Water

In this task, students learn about the properties of water and issues surrounding the quality and quantity of water sources. Students investigate a local water supply and discuss ways to conserve water and limit pollution. They will conduct a study of their own water usage in order to develop a solution for preserving the local water supply.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A public service announcement that addresses specific issues with water
  • An invention for conserving water or containing water pollution

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The Secret Lives of Public Spaces

Grade 2

Grade 1 Interdisciplinary Task: The Secret Lives of Public Spaces

In this task, students will explore the history behind a local park or public space. Students investigate the design of the space, examine its significance historically, understand its usage by community participants, and propose additions or modifications to encourage further awareness or use of the space.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A short work of fiction based on the research
  • A natural habitat impact study resulting in a proposal for a conservation program in the public space
  • A study on the usage patterns of the public space
  • A poster campaign inviting people to attend a celebration of history of the park or public space.

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Everybody on the Move!

Grade 2

Grade 2 Mathematics Task: Everybody on the Move!

In this task, students explore daily activities and their impacts on physical fitness. Students use mathematics skills such as measurement, counting, addition, contextual multiplication, data analysis and graphing to identify areas for change in their personal lives.

Final Product Option(s):

  • A new physical fitness plan and accompanying marketing kit
  • An original game or sport
  • An invention that creates a new piece of physical fitness equipment or significantly builds on an existing device
  • A new mode of personal transportation that increases the user’s physical activity on a daily basis

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Pursuit of Passion

Kindergarten—Grade 2

Grades K-2 English Language Arts and Reading Tasks: The Pursuit of Passion

This task allows students to explore the relationship between their personal interests and future opportunities. By connecting the two, students will gain well-rounded perspectives that help guide them toward professional or academic future goals.

Final Product Option(s):

  • An original product that includes the student’s point of view, voice, reflection, and examination of the relationship between topic and the real world

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