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- K-2-ETS1-1Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
- K-2-ETS1-2Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
- K-2-ETS1-3Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

Finding Erosion at Our School

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth's Changes

Big Idea:Erosion can be a big problem here at school and in our neighborhood. What can be done to stop its destruction? Let's design an erosion control of our own.

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

19 Resources

28 Favorites

19 Resources

28 Favorites

Still Looking for Shade-A Design and Engineering Challenge Continues

Kindergarten Science

» Unit:

The Sun and Our Solar System

Big Idea:The students have previously participated in a design and engineering challenge. Now it is time for the student to see if they can improve their structures!

Joyce Baumann

Rural Env.

22 Resources

15 Favorites

22 Resources

15 Favorites

Simple Machines Inventions

Kindergarten Science

» Unit:

Simple Machines

Big Idea:Students will solve real world problems by thinking and acting like engineers!

Kasie Hamman

Urban Env.

13 Resources

9 Favorites

13 Resources

9 Favorites

Paper to Paper

Kindergarten Science

» Unit:

Performing with paper

Big Idea:Kids learn that used paper can still be useful instead being thrown away by making paper from used paper.

Dawn Gunn

Urban Env.

22 Resources

6 Favorites

22 Resources

6 Favorites

STEM & Sound - Day 1

1st Grade Science

» Unit:

Unit 1: Sound Waves

Big Idea:Can you solve a communication problem using sound? Yes you can!

Michele Beitel

Urban Env.

29 Resources

44 Favorites

29 Resources

44 Favorites

STEM, Plants & Biomimicry - Day 1

1st Grade Science

» Unit:

Unit 6: Plant Life

Big Idea:Have you heard of Biomimicy? This amazing science is using nature to solve everyday problems! Check out how 1st grade students use this science to plan and design solutions to real problems!

Michele Beitel

Urban Env.

31 Resources

29 Favorites

31 Resources

29 Favorites

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for VANILLA Ice Cream!

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Pollination and Seed Dispersal

Big Idea:Pollination can be tricky for some plants, like the vanilla plant. We can use the engineering process to help us design our very own plant pollinator!

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

35 Resources

32 Favorites

35 Resources

32 Favorites

What Do Engineers Do? Part 1

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Introduction to the Engineering Process

Big Idea:Mission Possible! Engineers solve problems!

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

22 Resources

44 Favorites

22 Resources

44 Favorites

Those Darn Squirrels!-- Brainstorming Ideas

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Introduction to the Engineering Process

Big Idea:We can learn about the engineering design process in a fun and entertaining way by reading a book about imaginative squirrels! Your kiddos will go nutty over the engineering design process!

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

18 Resources

33 Favorites

18 Resources

33 Favorites

Senses Help Scientists

Kindergarten Science

» Unit:

Me, Myself and I

Big Idea:Using our five senses helps improve our observational skills.

Joanne Clapp

Suburban Env.

16 Resources

25 Favorites

16 Resources

25 Favorites

The Wonderful Towers of Watts--Building Background Knowledge

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process

Big Idea:The students will learn about a famous beautiful tower, which helps to build their background knowledge of towers and structures. They will also learn that a newspaper article contains important information.

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

23 Resources

33 Favorites

23 Resources

33 Favorites

Introducing Engineering

1st Grade Science

» Unit:

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Big Idea:Eww! There is something gross under the cafeteria table. Pick it up-- no, you pick it up! How about we mimic a bird's beak to solve the problem of picking up our trash?

Kathryn Yablonski

Suburban Env.

34 Resources

20 Favorites

34 Resources

20 Favorites

STEM & Light - Day 1

1st Grade Science

» Unit:

Unit 2: Light Waves

Big Idea:Can you solve problems? Let's research how light energy can help us to communicate with others!

Michele Beitel

Urban Env.

18 Resources

9 Favorites

18 Resources

9 Favorites

It's All in the Details!

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Igniting Science Inquiry

Big Idea:How do scientists make observations? Let's explore this idea and find out all of the different ways to observe.

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

23 Resources

26 Favorites

23 Resources

26 Favorites

What Do Engineers Do? Part 2

2nd Grade Science

» Unit:

Introduction to the Engineering Process

Big Idea:Engineers follow many steps to help them solve problems!

Jeri Faber

Rural Env.

34 Resources

32 Favorites

34 Resources

32 Favorites

K-2-ETS1-1

Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

K-2-ETS1-2

Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

K-2-ETS1-3

Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.