The Standards

Grades 3-5

Engineering Design

Students who demonstrate understanding can:



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. 3-5-ETS1-3

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

Clarification Statement: none

Assessment Boundary: none

Science and Engineering Practices

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in 3–5 builds on K–2 experiences and progresses to include investigations that control variables and provide evidence to support explanations or design solutions.

Plan and conduct an investigation collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence, using fair tests in which variables are controlled and the number of trials considered. (3-5-ETS1-3)

Crosscutting Concepts

Common Core State Standards Connections

  • W.5.7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. (3-5-ETS1-3)
  • W.5.8 - Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources. (3-5-ETS1-3)
  • W.5.9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (3-5-ETS1-3)
  • MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (3-5-ETS1-3)
  • MP.4 - Model with mathematics. (3-5-ETS1-3)
  • MP.5 - Use appropriate tools strategically. (3-5-ETS1-3)

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