Reflection: Real World Applications Preventing Erosion on Our School Grounds - Section 5: Day 5 A Working Erosion System


If students are presented with real life situations that are based in their own environments, they are more likely to be motivated to work just beyond their own comfort zone. This lesson is asking students to figure out an erosion system, but then to be willing to look at the systems of others and to find the best elements of each to build a real system on the school grounds. 

It is not easy for second graders to look at someone else's project and see that it might be "better" than their own to solve the problem. The Next Generation Science Standards ask students to analyze materials to see which would be best suited for a certain purpose. The students are more willing to analyze the best design and materials more carefully because they realize that this is a "real" project that everyone in the school will see. They become vested in making the whole process the best, even if it means that they have to use someone else's design.

Real life problems are a great way to address Next Generation Science Standards.

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Preventing Erosion on Our School Grounds

Unit 3: Understanding Our Earth
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: SWBAT recognize the impact of erosion on a small portion of the school playground and design and build a system to limit that erosion.

Big Idea: Students can use their own surroundings to recognize and attempt to repair the results of human impacts on the environment.

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Science, erosion, Analyzing Results, wind (Weather), problem solving, planning, landforms
  255 minutes
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