End of Year - Science of Water Slides - STEM Challenge & Unit - Teambuilding

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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Are you ready for some fun?! I love finding the wonder of science concepts in everyday activities that are exciting for students to explore. My “Science of” series does just that. In this edition, students explore the science of water slides. This activity could last a few days or could be expanded on as the core phenomena of an entire unit. Imagine “sliding into summer” with a content-rich activity like this… or perhaps this could be a exciting way for students to “dive into a new school year!” Imagine the adorable bulletin board opportunities!!!

I've provided you with teacher instructions and ideas for how to build these lessons into a multi-week project, focusing on science literacy, argumentative writing, and the engineering design process. I've written the plans in a "5E" NGSS-aligned lesson design (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) which keeps student engagement and accountability to a maximum.

Included in this unit are:

- Detailed teacher instructions and material suggestions

- KWL Chart/Graphic Organizer

- "Science of Water Slides" Close Reading Passage in two formats (easy to annotate!)

- Reading Engagement Activities

- Compare and Contrast Water Slides to Playground Slides

- Speedy Slides Writing Task - an argumentative piece on whether water park owners

would benefit from opening in the fall and winter with the absence of water from their


- Speedy Slides Final Draft Printable Paper

- Design A Water Slide Project Instructions and Planning Sheets (with or without

required design elements)

- Design a Water Slide Advertisement Activity Instructions

- Design a Water Slide Reflection Sheet

Vocabulary Addressed:




Potential and Kinetic Energy



Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs):

Energy & Matter, Structure & Function, Systems & Systems Models

Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs):

Asking Questions & Designing Solutions, Making Models, Planning & Carrying Out Investigations, Obtaining, Evaluating, & Communicating Information

I truly believe that the key to lasting learning is compelling content... and this project is almost as exciting as the thrill of riding an actual water slide, potentially even more!!!

More from my "Science of" series:

Science of Downhill Skiing Lesson & STEM Activity

Science of Curling Lesson & STEM Activity

Science of Bobsledding Lesson & STEM Activity

Science of Winter Sports BUNDLE

Support this project with the following resources:

5E Bulletin Board Poster Set and Lesson Plan Template

Engineering Design Posters

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts Posters

Wishing you a classfull of curious minds, always!



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Total Pages
19 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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