Floating Ducks

In this activity children will imagine finding some of these plastic toys washed up on the beach.

Description

Thousands of rubber ducks are due to land on beaches in South-West England after a 15 year journey. 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago and have floated halfway around the world. Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, landing in Hawaii and even spending years frozen in an Arctic ice pack. 

Children will imagine finding some of these plastic toys washed up on the beach. They will discuss other objects that might have fallen off a ship and ended up on the beach. Children will build up collections of objects made of different materials and describe the objects. 

Learning Objective:

-    that objects can be made of different materials

Children will learn:

-    to sort materials into groups and describe the basis for their groupings in everyday terms eg. shininess, hardness, smoothness.

-    to describe simple features of objects and communicate their findings by talking about their work and through drawings

 

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Acknowledgements

These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.