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Engineering Design

Using the Science A–Z resources below will help students develop proficiency in Disciplinary Core Ideas, engage in Science and Engineering Practices, and recognize Crosscutting Concepts as they build toward fulfilling one or more of the grades 3-5 Performance Expectations related to Engineering Design.
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Life

The Human Body


Sports Injuries - FOCUS Book
mid

Life Cycles


The Mermaid's Purse - FOCUS Book
low
Life in the Pouch - FOCUS Book
mid
Pollywogs and Friends - FOCUS Book
mid

Habitats / Environment


Life Along the Colorado - FOCUS Book
mid
Earth & Space

The Solar System


Missions to Mars - FOCUS Book
low
Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars? - Science Video

Clouds, Wind, and Storms


Ice Storms - FOCUS Book
low
Thunderstorms - FOCUS Book
mid
Storm Chasers - FOCUS Book
high

Minerals, Rocks, and Soil


Physical

Machines


Machines - PBL Pack
Design Machines - Process Activity
The Mole Machine - FOCUS Book
low
Spaceship Motions and Deep, Deep Oceans - FOCUS Book
mid
Wrecking Ball vs. Strong Wall - FOCUS Book
mid
Waterwheels and Windmills - FOCUS Book
high
New
A Rube Goldberg Machine - Science Video
FlipperBot - Science Video

Heat Energy


Insulate an Ice Cube - Process Activity
Campfire Science - FOCUS Book
low
Science Friction - FOCUS Book
mid

Sound


String Telephones - Process Activity
Animal Ears - FOCUS Book
mid
Shhh! - FOCUS Book
high
Life

Food Chains


Broken Chains - FOCUS Book
mid

Adaptations


Dogs by Design - FOCUS Book
mid
Emperors of the Ice - FOCUS Book
mid
Darwin's Finches - FOCUS Book
high
Earth & Space

Outside the Solar System


NASA for Kids: Introduction to Engineering - Science Video

Atmosphere and Climate


Climate Change - FOCUS Book
mid
El Niño and La Niña - FOCUS Book
high
Space Balloon - Science Video

Changing Landforms


New
Landslides - FOCUS Book
low
New
Earthquakes - FOCUS Book
mid

Water


Water for the People - FOCUS Book
low
Tsunami! - FOCUS Book
high
Physical

Force and Motion


Force and Motion - PBL Pack
Racecars - FOCUS Book
mid
Roller Coasters - FOCUS Book
mid
Perpetual Motion: Fact or Fiction? - FOCUS Book
high

Energy Resources


Solar Cooker - Process Activity

Electricity and Magnetism


Electromagnets - Process Activity
Battle of the Currents - FOCUS Book
mid
Setting Up Circuits - FOCUS Book
mid
Blackout! - FOCUS Book
high