Big Idea:Students explore and investigate naturally - as people. This literacy/science lesson is designed to help them notice the personality traits that they possess, and will need to continue to strengthen, as they become successful scientists.
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.
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.
Big Idea:One way to extend students' reading skills is with digital text practice. Scholastic Magazine's website offers several tools that provide students with valuable practice perfect for lesson extensions.
Big Idea:In this lesson, students will be introduced to domain-specific academic vocabulary, skim text to find the words within informational text, and talk with and listen to their peers to determine the meaning of the words.
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.