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Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

 
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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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What Made the Giraffe Decide to be Tall?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Sometimes, the same species traits that provide an animal with some advantages in its environment can simultaneously put the animal at a disadvantage.

 
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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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Vertebrate vs. Invertebrate

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

With over 8 million known species of animals on Earth and growing, scientists must start by classifying them as vertebrate or invertebrate. Students must learn to differentiate between the two in order to dig deeper into the animal kingdom.

 
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What Does the Walrus Do When the Ice Is Gone?

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Sometimes animals respond to a changing environment with a behavior that doesn't help them.

 
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Awesome Bird Traits

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

Animals have characteristics that help them survive because they have different inherited information.

 
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Amazing Amphibians

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

Animals have similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Animals of different species may share some inherited traits.

 
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Verte What? Vertebrates!

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

Though all animals with a backbone are classified as vertebrates, they are further classified into 5 groups because different organisms vary in how they look and function since they have different inherited information.

 
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She Sorts Seashells by the Seashore Day 2

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

Just as scientists re-evaluate data based on new criteria, during this followup lesson on classifying, students classify seashells by using print and electronic media to collaboratively revise their original classification data .

 
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Invertebrates, This is not SpongeBob

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists test their hypothesis by collecting data, and then reporting their findings. Students learn that there will be instances where the data may, or may not, support the hypothesis.

 
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Identifying Structures and Investigating Purpose

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

It is critical for students to "remember" that their observations serve them well and lead to questions and problems that can be investigated in a scientific way. This lesson provides the space and interest to explore and question.

 
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Meet My Invertebrate

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Scientists must validate a claim with evidence. Students must give reasons based on facts in order to explain what they see in Science.

 
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This Invertebrate is Clamtastic!

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In order to study organisms, scientists examine and observe live specimen. By having hands-on experiences with mollusks, one of the most common invertebrates,students become familiar with some of the many inherited characteristics of clams.

 
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Socratic Circles in Science

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

Scientific dialogue is based in the ability to have open-ended, meaningful discussions with a peer group.

 
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Colorful Clams

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Amazing Animals - Surviving a Changing Environment
Jennifer Valentine
Tucson, AZ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Individual variation withing a given species can be both help and impair an animal's ability to survive.

 
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