Reflection: Standards Alignment Designing a Nuclear Waste Facility Part 4 - Section 1: Preface


In the four-part lesson I have used the NGSS Science Practices as a way to create lesson plans based upon engineering design. Throughout the lessons, the students have been studying science concepts as a way to defend design ideas. The third part of the three-dimensional lesson plan is Cross Cutting Concepts. In my room I have Crosscutting Concepts Posters from

The posters have symbols of the Cross Cutting Concepts. I  print the posters and display them around my room.  During the lesson and at the end of the lesson I ask students to reflect on the Cross Cutting Concepts as they relate to designing a nuclear waste facility. I give students Post-Its and they write how their learning relates to the cross cutting concept. Students respond to the posters all year long so by the end of the year, they are familiar with the concepts and they can easily relate the lesson to the concept. In addition, I’ve given extra credit for design defenses that can incorporate the Cross Cutting Concepts. 

  Standards Alignment: Cross Cutting Concepts
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Designing a Nuclear Waste Facility Part 4

Unit 8: Designing for the Future: Nuclear Waste Facility
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT draw a model of their nuclear waste facility and defend their design.

Big Idea: Creating the model is great fun but how can you know it can pass the mustard with a client? Students are given a real life situation and must explain why their design is the best design solution.

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