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Primary Grade Level (K-2)
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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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Taking Shape

Grade 1

Grade 1 Mathematics Task: Taking Shape

In this interdisciplinary task, students study geometric shapes in their environment through the lens of a fictional story. Students reinterpret the text, rewrite scenes, and adapt them into a short performance. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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