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Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

 
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She Sorts Seashells By the Seashore

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

Just as scientists classify organisms based on specific criteria, during this introductory lesson on classifying, students classify seashells by the criteria they have agreed upon collaboratively.

 
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seashells in bucket
   

Native American Research Project: The First Steps (Lesson 1 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:

Hello fellow teacher! Are you shopping for a Native American Research Project for your tribe? Look no further! You'll pre-assess Native American schema, give background knowledge, and take notes from a digital source in this first lesson of eight!

 
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pair informational text literature
   

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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biome banner photo
   

The Titanic: First Class Passengers

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Today students read short biographies about several notable first class passengers and record pertinent facts.

 
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2010 titanic museum at night pigeon forge tn
   

The Titanic: Forming an Opinion

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

After weeks of research, students have decided that three main factors contributed to the tragedy of the Titanic. They will analyze their data to determine which factor contributed the most and support their opinion with evidence.

 
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2010 titanic museum at night pigeon forge tn
   

Adaptations

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 are given a reason for learning about the biomes and their organisms. By the end of the lesson sequence, they will create a mythical animal or plant that could survive in all 6 biomes!

 
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kiwi
   

Thomas Edison: What Did He Teach Us?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Light Energy
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Light Energy
Michelle Marcus
Troy, MI
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Reading informational text, making sense of it, and connecting learning gleaned from the information is heavy duty for third graders. This lesson explores a step by step strategy to combine science, reading, and writing.

 
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thomas edison in lab
   

Native American Research Project: Ready, Set, Research! (Lesson 3 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:

Hello fellow teachers! Your tribe is ready to dig into informational Native American texts, read, take notes, and collaborate with others.

 
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native american research project note taking page
   

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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native american book page sample
   

What is a Hurricane?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Extreme Weather/Hurricanes
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Extreme Weather/Hurricanes
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists use models to help explain weather phenomena.

 
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hurricane lesson image from wikipedia
   

The Titanic: The Ship Day One

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Today's focus is learning details about the construction of the ship itself. Through the use of a teacher created website, students read preselected passages about the ship and record pertinent facts.

 
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2010 titanic museum at night pigeon forge tn
   

Native American Research Project: Ready, Set, Research, Take Two! (Lesson 4 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:

Today is take two of our research days! Your students continue researching and note taking to gather information about their tribe's topic.

 
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native american research take two
   

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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digging in permafrost
   

The Titanic: Opinion Practice One

3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
3rd Grade ELA » Unit: The Titanic
Jennifer Martinez
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Today's prompt is, "Was the Titanic prepared to set sail?". Students must use what they know about the disaster to decide if, in fact, the Titanic was really ready for her first voyage.

 
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2010 titanic museum at night pigeon forge tn
   

Interpreting Live Data

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Earth Science
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Earth Science
Justin Price
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

How can you interpret live geological data?

 
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earthquake
Common Core ELA
 
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