Wave of Plastic

Getting Started

Guide to reading the lessons

Each lesson in the Wave of Plastic unit consists of four parts:
1.      Introduction: Students explore resources and engage in discussion to help build the foundational understandings that will support the lesson.

2.      Investigation:
Students explore resources, engage in discussion, participate in investigations and activities in order to make sense of Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Practices.

3.      Application:
 Students apply the understandings that they’ve constructed throughout the current and previous Wave of Plastic lessons through collaborative, informed actions designed to address aspects of problems related to plastic waste.

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4.      Assessment:
Students complete a constructed response based on the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) model to demonstrate their understandings of the NGSS core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and practices as a result of their participation in the lesson. A scoring rubric is included in each Teacher/Facilitator Guide as well as in the Student Workbooks, however teachers are invited to use the scoring system that best meets the needs of their students, school, and district.

*Each lesson begins with the NGSS Performance Expectations, the Key Ideas that are most relevant for the lesson, and a chart that describes each of the four parts of the lesson and lists the activities in which students will engage.