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### Overview

Children explore reusing and recycling materials, and wind power, in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George gathers trash to help clean up the city streets and discovers that he can create something special with his found treasures. Children then use recycled materials to build toy boats that can sail. They discuss ways to make objects move with wind, then use child-generated wind power to move their boats in water. They conclude by sharing their boats with each other and brainstorming other ways in which they could recycle materials in the classroom.

This lesson is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.

## UP:SC15.K.2

### Vocabulary

• Force
• Speed
• Direction
• Data
• Observe
• Describe
• Engineering
• Investigation
• Ask
• Imagine
• Plan
• Create
• Improve
• Solution

### Knowledge

Students know:
• The relative speed or direction of the object before a push or pull is applied (e.g., faster, slower).
• The relative speed or direction of the object after a push or pull is applied.
• How the relative strength of a push or pull affects the speed or direction of an object (e.g., harder, softer).

### Skills

Students are able to:
• Conduct an investigation.
• Collect and record observations from tests of an object or tool to determine if it works as intended.
• Organize information in a usable format.
• Analyze data from tests to determine change in speed or direction.

### Understanding

Students understand that:
• Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute ideas about the effects on the motion of the object caused by changes in the strength or direction of the pushes and pulls.

### Scientific and Engineering Practices

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

### Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect

## UP:SC15.K.6

### Vocabulary

• Identify
• Plan
• Solution
• Human impact
• Local
• Environment
• Reduce
• Reuse
• Recycle
• Causes
• Create
• Ask
• Imagine
• Improve

### Knowledge

Students know:
• Human impact can have both positive and negative impact on the environment.
• We can create possible solutions to reduce the negative impacts on the environment.

### Skills

Students are able to:
• Identify possible solutions to lessen human impact on the environment.
• Plan possible solutions to lessen human impact on the environment.

### Understanding

Students understand that:
• Human impact has a positive and negative effect on the local environment.
• There are solutions that can lessen the negative impacts on a local environment.

### Scientific and Engineering Practices

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

### Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect
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### Resource Provider

PBS
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