The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because they need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative the science standards be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop series does just that. As a matter of fact, this lesson is also included as a part of a larger, 10 lesson + science journal compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop 2nd Grade Compilation (10 lessons and Journal).
Prevent Erosion integrates science, engineering, reading, and writing standards. It is a problem-solving lesson that investigates ways to slow wind and water erosion.
1. Introduce the engineering design problem to solve: What prevention solutions work best for slowing wind or water erosion?
2. Use Soil Erosion and How to Prevent It as a Read-Aloud book to introduce erosion and ways humans can help stop it.
3. Each small group will try at least two different solutions to slow either wind or water erosion and, based on evidence, will choose the best method after comparing the strengths and weaknesses of how each solution performs.
4. Students will write an Engineering Lab Report including a hypothesis page, procedural page, results page, and conclusion page. The goal will be to do the best writing the students can do. Expectations should match students’ skills and goals.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Second Grade, 2nd Grade, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS 2-ESS2-1 & K-2-EST1-3, Next Generation Science Standards 2-ESS2-1 & K-2-EST1-3