Purpose Science Tasks with Otis & Flask are designed to help 3rd to 5th grade students revisit and build upon critical science concepts. These centers within this program complement your existing curriculum - as lead-ins or follow-ups to the following science topics: Processes that Shape the Earth’s Surface
Organization of Booklets Each booklet contains science tasks that are presented in a “student-directed learning center” format addressing a specific science topic. Each booklet contains four parts:
This provides a summary of the center and directions for the teacher, along with a list of all the materials and step-by-step procedures to set up one or more centers. A review of content identifies the key concepts that the center teaches. Prerequisite skills and key vocabulary are identified. The answer key for the final assessment, which the teacher will score, is also included within this section.
Each center contains one or more Task Cards that list the procedures for the students. Teachers can photocopy the Task Cards and provide them at the center.
The photocopy-ready Student Packet leads the student through all of the Task Cards and assessments. The packets may include observation/data sheets and questions related to hands-on activities, student readings, vocabulary words, and assessments. The “Check Your Understanding” assessments are modeled after the OAT and include multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
Student answer keys are provided for most questions and all of the “Check Your Understanding” assessments, the only exception being the final assessment that the teacher will score.
Each booklet set includes:
Nine activity booklets
Teacher's Guide, which includes the listing of GLIs directly related to each center;
Full-color photo cards to be used as part of student activities with selected centers
Download the Teacher's Guide here to see content for centers and additional information.