Why is the sand hot at the beach? Why are ash trees dying in Tennessee? Why do most adults around the world get a stomachache when they drink milk? With the recent implementation of new practice-focused science standards in Tennessee and across the country, phenomena-based learning has emerged as an effective way of helping students make sense of science in their everyday lives. In this approach, students observe a natural phenomenon and investigate why it occurs- an approach that mirrors how actual scientists find answers through reasoning and inquiry.