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Activity 1 (Engage): Under Water

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Activity Summary

In this introductory activity, students look at pictures or watch a video of “sunny day flooding” which occurs due to high tides and rising sea level as opposed to rainfall. From these images, they generate and organize questions for their new investigation, and brainstorm ways that they can answer those questions.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 45 minutes


  • Students will make observations and ask questions to better understand the phenomenon of “sunny day flooding”

  • Students will generate ideas for how to answer their questions about the phenomenon



  • Sticky notes (enough for all students to have a few)

  • Plain paper (optional)



  • Phenomenon I See I Wonder

  • Air Quality Champion interview (optional) – see end of module

Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. Introduce The Phenomenon

3. Generating Questions


4. Organizing Questions

5. Create Big Guiding Questions

6. How to Investigate?

7. Next Steps

8. Formative Assessment

Reading: Dr. Vernon Morris - Air Quality Champion


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