Estuary Metaphors

This Estuary Metaphors activity & project also includes:

Mixing metaphors into science. To begin, the instructor leads a discussion about estuaries to determine what the class already knows. Working in small groups, pupils determine how a selected object is similar to an estuary, how it represents a feature of an estuary, and come up with a metaphor to describe an estuary using the item. Each group works with at least five objects before sharing out their ideas.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Either take a field trip to an estuary or show a video about one
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes knowledge of estuaries
  • Requires acquiring several household objects
  • Includes explanations for suggested objects
  • Provides discussion questions to use with the class
  • None
Common Core