This packet is also included in the Magnet Bundle of 3 lessons on TPT at:
Physical Science 2-3
NGSS - Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
3-PS2-4. Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets. (Clarification statement: Examples could include constructing a latch to keep a door shut and creating a device to keep two moving objects from touching each other.)
In this NGSS assessment, students define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying their scientific ideas about magnets. Students act as engineers, put their knowledge to work, and solve the problem with one or more magnets.
The three dimensions addressed are (1) the scientific practice of defining problems, (2) the disciplinary core idea of types of interactions, and (3) the crosscutting concept of interdependence of science, engineering and technology.
The assessment begins with a whole class activity involving floating magnets. Then they brainstorm all they know about magnets. Afterwards, they begin their Individual Assessment in which they use what they know about magnets to define a problem with one or more magnets and design a solution for that problem.
Included in this packet:
Student recording pages, teacher background, rubrics for scoring, Science Notes reading page, teaching notes, What do Engineers do poster, and a Science Notebook for recording their Engineering Project Using Magnets.
The entire lesson may be viewed under the NGSS Assessments tab at the website: scienceandkidsactivities.com