Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard. 3-ESS3-1
Clarification Statement: Examples of design solutions to weather-related hazards could include barriers to prevent flooding, wind resistant roofs, and lightning rods.
Assessment Boundary: none
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Engaging in argument from evidence in 3–5 builds on K–2 experiences and progresses to critiquing the scientific explanations or solutions proposed by peers by citing relevant evidence about the natural and designed world(s).
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem by citing relevant evidence about how it meets the criteria and constraints of the problem. (3-ESS3-1)
A variety of natural hazards result from natural processes. Humans cannot eliminate natural hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts. (3-ESS3-1) (Note: This Disciplinary Core Idea is also addressed by 4-ESSS3-2.)
Cause and Effect
Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change. (3-ESS3-1)
Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
Engineers improve existing technologies or develop new ones to increase their benefits (e.g., better artificial limbs), decrease known risks (e.g., seatbelts in cars), and meet societal demands (e.g., cell phones). (3-ESS3-1)
Science Is a Human Endeavor
Science affects everyday life. (3-ESS3-1)
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