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Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

 
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Adaptations and Environmental Change: An Assessment

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

Assessments are not always multiple choice! This session allows students to observe and make open ended claims, as long as they supply evidence.

 
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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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An Animal That Can Survive In All Biomes: A Two Day Activity

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

Creativity breeds knowledge in this lesson.

 
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Would Your Animal Survive Here? Day 1

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

In any particular environment, some kinds of animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all

 
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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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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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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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If Frogs Need Water, Why Do They Want to Live in the Desert?

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:

Animals survival is based on a complex relationship between heritable traits and an organisms response to the environment.

 
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Would Your Animal Survive There? Day 2

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

In any particular environment, some kinds of animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

 
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Bird Beaks, Not Just For Show

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

Models help us better understand how animals adapt to their environment.

 
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Animals, Habitats, and Basic Needs!

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Natural Resources and Human Needs
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Natural Resources and Human Needs
Chaunetta Anderson
Silver Spring, MD
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students will research a living thing that they are not familiar with to determine it's basic needs and present their research to the class.

 
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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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Bats, Friend or Foe. An Argument Writing Activity

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

Changing a habitat affects the organisms living there.

 
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African Elephants Adaptations Help Them Survive

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Elephants an Adaptation Project
3rd Grade Science » Unit: Elephants an Adaptation Project
Marybelle Espin
Roselle, NJ
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

A combination of behaviors and structures, instead of any single characteristic, enables an animal to survive in a particular habitat.

 
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