Here is a look at one way to put all the lessons on bridges and structures together for a years unit. Thanks for all your hard work Sarah Zykanov!
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
3–5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3–5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3–5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
● Living things affect the physical characteristics of their regions. (4-ESS2-1)
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
● A variety of hazards result from natural processes (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions). Humans cannot eliminate the hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts. (4-ESS3-2)
ETS1.B: Designing Solutions to Engineering Problems
● Testing a solution involves investigating how well it performs under a range of likely conditions. (secondary to 4-ESS3-2)
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