Jim Allison: Breakthrough

The Standards



Students who demonstrate understanding can:



Use tools and materials provided to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area. K-PS3-2

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

Clarification Statement: Examples of structures could include umbrellas, canopies, and tents that minimize the warming effect of the sun.

Assessment Boundary: none

Science and Engineering Practices

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Constructing explanations and designing solutions in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to the use of evidence and ideas in constructing evidence-based accounts of natural phenomenon and designing solutions.

Use tools and materials provided to design and build a device that solves a specific problem or a solution to a specific problem. (K-PS3-2)

Disciplinary Core Ideas

PS3.BConservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Sunlight warms Earth’s surface. (K-PS3-2)

Common Core State Standards Connections

  • W.K.7 - Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them). (K-PS3-2)
  • K.MD.A.2 - Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. (K-PS3-2)

Model Course Mapping

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