Third grade will alternate units in Science and Social Studies. Each unit will take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete. A variety of assessment methods including quizzes, tests, project-based learning, and informal teacher observation will be used to evaluate student learning. Test dates and study guides will be provided well in advance of our unit tests.
Our first science unit, Plants and Animals Interact, will begin on Monday, August 20. Students will learn that life on Earth is diverse and interrelated. Living things interact with one another and with their physical environments. Ecosystems are dependent on both the organisms that live within them and on the temperature and rainfall of the areas. Organisms interact with and depend on one another and their physical environment. These interactions include the flow of energy within the ecosystem.
- To observe and describe the habitats of organisms within an ecosystem
- To recognize that organisms with similar needs compete with each other for resources
- To describe environmental changes that may cause some organisms to thrive, become ill, or perish
- To identify some living things that make their homes in various ecosystems such as forests, deserts, and water, and recognize that living things have characteristics for surviving in these different environments
- To recognize that the energy most living things get from food originated with the sun
- To conclude that all living things get energy from food
- To identify characteristics of living things that help them get food
- To recognize that animals depend on plants and other animals for energy
- To identify a food chain as a model that shows the movement of food and energy through a community
- To recognize that more than one food chain exists in a community
- To conclude that the individual organisms in a food web can be eaten by many other organisms