This unit was developed by Next Generation Science Storylines. The storylines design leadership team consists of learning scientists and teacher leaders. The leadership team guides teams of teachers and teacher educators in developing coherent 3-dimensional storylines for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
Rating: Example of High Quality NGSS Design
Science Discipline: Physical Science
Year Reviewed: 2019
Awarded the NGSS Design Badge
Students begin this fourth-grade unit by observing a perplexing phenomenon. A series of photos show thousands of bags of chips that washed up on a beach. These images and the accompanying news article lead students to wonder about other related phenomena, which in turn lead to questions about: 1) What caused all those chips to get on the shore? 2) Where did the chips come from? 3) How do objects move on water?
Link to Materials
Why Do Some Things Wash Up on The Beach And Others Don’t?
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