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Students are asked to help “Tina the Traveler” decide where to live in the United States. Throughout the unit students will receive postcards from Tina to learn about land and water features, mapping skills, quick and slow events that effect Earth, and then design a solution to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
This unit covers science concepts about matter, its properties and how it is used. Students will plan investigations to classify objects by their observable properties, analyze data to determine which materials have the properties are best suited for an intended purpose, use evidence to explain that changes to materials due to heating and cooling can be reversed with some materials and not with others, and finally explain how objects are made from a smaller set of pieces which can be disassembled and made into a different object.
Using Dr. Seuss’ famous environmental book, "The Lorax," students investigate the real world environmental issue of the global loss of the bee population and how it is affecting our world. The lessons in the unit help students develop an understanding of the needs of plants and animals and how plants and animals depend on each other for survival. Students also compare the diversity of life in different habitats. An engineering design project involving the design of a hand pollinator allows students to devise a solution to help with the decline of the bee pollination.