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Twenty-four phenomena- and problem-based modules from the Smithsonian that are setting the standard in 3D learning and 3D assessment

Learning Framework for Grades K–5

An integrated approach to teaching science and engineering
Life Science Earth and Space Science Physical Science Engineering Design
Kindergarten
How Do Living Things Get What They Need From the Environment*

K-LS1-1 • K-ESS3-1
• K-ESS2-2 • K-ESS3-3

Supported by: Earth Science

How Can We Prepare for the Weather?*

K-ESS2-1 • K-ESS3-2
• K-PS3-1

Supported by: Physical Science

How Can We Change an Object’s Motion?*

K-PS2-1 • K-PS2-2
• K-2-ETS1-3

Supported by: Engineering Design

How Can We Stay Cool in the Sun?*

K-2-ETS1-1 • K-2-ETS1-2
• K-2-ETS1-3 • K-PS3-1
• K-PS3-2

Supported by: Physical Science

Grade 1
How Do Living Things Stay Safe and Grow?

1-LS1-1 • 1-LS1-2 • 1-LS3-1 • K-2-ETS1-1

Supported by: Engineering Design

How Can We Predict When the Sky Will Be Dark?

1-ESS1-1 • 1-ESS1-2
• 1-PS4-2

Supported by: Physical Science

How Can We Light Our Way in the Dark?

1-PS4-2 • 1-PS4-3
• 1-LS1-1 • K-2-ETS1-1

Supported by: Life Science and Engineering Design

How Can We Send a Message Using Sound?

K-2-ETS1-1 • K-2-ETS1-2
• K-2-ETS1-3 • 1-PS4-1 • 1-PS4-4

Supported by: Physical Science

Grade 2
How Can We Find the Best Place for a Plant to Grow?

2-LS2-1 • 2-LS2-2 • 2-LS4-1 • K-2-ETS1-1

Supported by: Engineering Design

What Can Maps Tell Us About Water on Earth?

2-ESS2-2 • 2-ESS2-3
• 2-PS1-1

Supported by: Physical Science

How Can We Change Solids and Liquids?

2-PS1-1 • 2-PS1-2
• 2-PS1-3 • 2-PS1-4
• K-2-ETS1-1

Supported by: Engineering Design

How Can We Stop Soil from Washing Away?

K-2-ETS1-1 • K-2-ETS1-2 • K-2-ETS1-3 • 2-ESS1-1 •2-ESS2-1

Supported by: Earth and Space Science

Grade 3
What Explains Similarities and Differences Between Organisms?

3-LS1-1 • 3-LS3-1 • 3-LS3-2 • 3-LS4-2 • 3-ESS2-2

Supported by: Earth and Space Science

How Do Weather and Climate Affect Our Lives?

3-ESS2-1 • 3-ESS2-2
• 3-ESS3-1 • 3-5-ETS1-1

Supported by: Engineering Design

How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion?

3-PS2-1 • 3-PS2-2
• 3-PS2-3 • 3-PS2-4 • 3-5-ETS1-1

Supported by: Engineering Design

How Can We Protect Animals When Their Habitat Changes?

3-5-ETS1-1 • 3-5-ETS1-2
• 3-5-ETS1-3 • 3-LS2-1 • 3-LS4-1 • 3-LS4-3 • 3-LS4-4

Supported by: Life Science

Grade 4
How Can Animals Use Their Senses to Communicate?

4-LS1-1 • 4-LS1-2 • 4-PS4-2 • 4-PS4-3 • 3-5-ETS1-1

Supported by: Physical Science and Engineering Design

What Is Our Evidence That We Live on a Changing Earth?

4-ESS1-1 • 4-ESS2-1
• 4-ESS2-2 • 4-ESS3-2
• 4-PS4-1 • 3-5-ETS1-1

Supported by: Engineering Design and Physical Science

How Does Motion Energy Change in a Collision?

4-PS3-1 • 4-PS3-2 • 4-PS3-3 • 4-LS1-1 • 3-5-ETS1-1

Supported by: Engineering Design and Life Science

How Can We Provide Energy to People’s Homes?

3-5-ETS1-1 • 3-5-ETS1-2 • 3-5-ETS1-3 • 4-PS3-2 • 4-PS3-4 • 4-ESS3-1

Supported by: Physical Science and Earth and Space Science

Grade 5
How Can We Predict Change in Ecosystems?

5-LS1-1 • 5-LS2-1 • 5-PS1-1 • 5-PS3-1

Supported by: Physical Science

How Can We Use the Sky to Navigate?

5-ESS1-1 • 5-ESS1-2 • 5-PS2-1 • 3-5-ETS1-1

Supported by: Physical Science and Engineering Design

How Can We Identify Materials Based on Their Properties?

5-PS1-1 • 5-PS1-2 • 5-PS1-3 • 5-PS1-4 • 5-LS1-1

Supported by: Life Science

How Can We Provide Freshwater to Those in Need?

3-5-ETS1-1 • 3-5-ETS1-2 • 3-5-ETS1-3 • 5-ESS2-1 • 5-ESS2-2 • 5-ESS3-1

Supported by: Earth and Space Science

*Working titles. Final modules available 2021