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Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

 
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3rd Grade Science » Unit: End of Year Activities
3rd Grade Science » Unit: End of Year Activities
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The end of the year is a time for wrapping up and reviewing. In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to share with other's what they think is important to know as a third grader.

 
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What Is This For? Parts of a Seed

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Seeds
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Seeds
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Identifying and labeling seed parts is an age-old task. However, in this lesson, students will be in the driver's seat, as they create investigations, research, listen to music, and play a quiz game!

 
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Mammals and Their Parents, Perfect Together

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrate Classification
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrate Classification
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Mammals vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited traits from their parents.

 
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Biomes

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems and Biological Evolution
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students will need some background knowledge of biomes before we can begin to discuss organisms that survive well, or not well, in those environments. This lesson will build motivation and provide an opportunity to build background schema.

 
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Hydroponics Vs. Soil Planting

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Seeds
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Seeds
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

In order to compare and contrast two growing methods, students must come to understand what each require to be successful. This lesson is the beginning of that data gathering.

 
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How Do Herds Help Animals?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Groups
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Groups
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientific observation means writing down what you observe, not guessing or inferring.

 
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A Storm of Ideas (Day 1 of 15)

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Informational Writing Project
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Informational Writing Project
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Today is the first step in writing an informational text on the topic of students' choice. Students will brainstorm ideas that will be possible final topics.

 
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Choosing Structure and Design for Informational Writing Projects (Day 7 of 15)

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Informational Writing Project
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Informational Writing Project
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

After reviewing the five types, students will select the NF structure that is most appropriate for their topic, explain why this is the best choice, and begin to identify the best text features to include with their projects.

 
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Native American Research Project: Pop-up Class Book Publishing (Lesson 7 of 8)

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Generational Stories, Favorites that are Retold, and Native American Unit
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Generational Stories, Favorites that are Retold, and Native American Unit
Nicole Prejna
Johnsburg, IL
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Your researchers transform into authors and illustrators, as they publish their Native American Research pop-up page. They draft their final copy and add illustrations meaningful to their text.

 
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Life Science Assessment: Crayfish

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

This session will engage students in compiling information, observations, and investigation data about life cycles, structures and functions, and care of living animals, in order to present to our first graders. This is a performance assessment.

 
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Crayfish Life Cycle

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Crayfish
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Learning the life cycle of a living organism is easy. Comparing and contrasting that cycle with another is more rigorous, and more worthy of time.

 
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Animal Adaptations, Their Best Defense Day 2

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Adaptations
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Adaptations
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
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Scientist must use evidence when constructing an argument.

 
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Informational Writing: Time to Dig In! (Day 5 of 15)

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Informational Writing Project
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Informational Writing Project
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students participate in whole group internet research in order to learn appropriate search methods. Then, they begin digging into the research process themselves!

 
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Manufacturing a Board Game, Day 1 Assessment

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Seeds
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Structures of Life: Seeds
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

There is no greater way to know if a student understands a concept than to ask them to write the questions. In this lesson, children will review, organize, create, and communicate by creating a learning board game for others to play.

 
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StoryJumper

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Tips, Tricks, and Tools
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: Tips, Tricks, and Tools
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

This online service provides students with easy to use publishing tools for creating both assigned and personal texts.

 
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Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.

Provide a concluding statement or section.

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