Why Do Some Things Wash up on the Beach and Others Don’t? [v1.0]
COMING SOON - under development
This fourth-grade unit on wave properties and ocean floor structures starts out with students exploring a perplexing phenomenon where hundreds of unopened Doritos bags were found on a beach. This sparks a series of questions about where these came from andhow they got to where they were found. It also leads students to generate ideas for investigations to pursue about the role of wind, currents, and waves as possible suspects that could have moved these bags from where they were lost in the ocean to where they were found on the shore.
Brian Aycock currently serves as the Third Grade Curriculum Coordinator for West Aurora SD 129. He is also the Elementary Director for the Illinois Science Teachers' Association. He is passionate about science education, and specializes in three-dimensional curriculum development and implementation. He resides in Downers Grove, IL with his wife Samantha, and his two children Brooklyn and Donovan.
Gail Housman loves teaching fourth grade at Ideal Elementary School in Countryside (La Grange School District 105). She also enjoys coaching the district's IMSA Fusion STEM program, serving as lead teacher for the district-wide fourth grade team, and has been working on developing NGSS storylines with the Science Writing Cadre at West 40. Even though helping students wonder about the world is the best job ever, she cherishes time spent exploring with her husband and two sons, as well.
Sara is currently working as the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Coordinator at Ogden International School of Chicago. After teaching in elementary schools abroad for eight years, she enjoys being able to support learning in the public school system here in Chicago. Her role allows her to reach all 30 classrooms of K-5 students at Ogden through co-planning, co-teaching and coaching teachers. She is endlessly curious, seeking to always learn more about inquiry, international education and supporting teachers to enhance student learning.
Tara A. W. McGill is a Curriculum Development Specialist at Northwestern University. Prior to her current position, she taught ninth-grade biology in Chicago Public Schools and developed curriculum materials with Ag in Progress Partnership, NFP. She researched honey bee biology and behavior in the Entomology Department at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (UIUC). While at UIUC, she also performed informal science outreach and collaborated on several science education projects. McGill is also a facilitator and member of the design team for the Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development (NGSX), a web-based professional development system designed to help educators grow in their understanding of three-dimensional learning.