This resource accompanies our Rethink 3rd Grade Science course. It includes ideas for use, ways to support exceptional children, ways to extend learning, digital resources and tools, tips for supporting English Language Learners and students with visual and hearing impairments. There are also ideas for offline learning.
This resource is a 4 day, 3rd grade unit on Soil and Plants.
In this activity, students will invent crazy plants as they put together new combinations of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. They will be amazed when you introduce real living plants that have adaptations as bizarre as the ones they have created. Then they will create their own alien plants. Students will recognize that invasive species are equipped with adaptations that give them competitive advantages over native species.
In this activity, students will learn more about plants by making plaster casts of tree barks to conduct observations of the bark and use the bark patterns to classify and identify trees.
Students relate commonly eaten foods to different parts of the flowering plant life cycle. They use a graphic organizer to identify whether a food is a root, stem, leaf, flower, seed, or fruit.
In this lesson, students identify plant parts, where seeds come from and how they grow. They will also determine what plants need to survive.
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- Lesson Plan
- Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
- J. Scherf
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This article starts with interesting facts about corn. The two next sections focus on the history of corn as a cultivated plant and the multitude of corn varieties and adaptations. The text is written for native speakers age 8 and up.
This scientific article touches several different flower features and functions. It starts with the color and the attraction to different pollinators. It then explains how colors are produced in flowers and how scents attract insects. It also discusses how the scent emission varies throughout the day and how different animals perceive different odors. The text is written in child-friendly language for native speakers of 8 years and up.
This scientific article gives a detailed overview over the structure and function of leaves. It explains which nutrients are being exchanged with the help of chlorophyll through process of photosynthesis. It also visualizes with picture support how, during fall, the green component is eventually being extracted from the leaves resulting in yellow, brown, and red color components becoming visible. The text is written for German native speakers age 10 and up.
This content resource builds students' knowledge and conceptual understanding about plants through interactive activities, printable worksheets, and hands-on explorations. There are six investigation cases for students to complete; each case examines a different aspect of plant life, including plant structures, life cycles and reproduction, proper environmental conditions for growth, and ecological importance. Supplemental background information and a teacher's guide with suggestions for using the materials in the classroom are also provided. A Spanish version of the web site is available.
Through this mini research lesson, students will choose a plant to research and write about. Using Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating as a model book, students will create a class book titled 'Green is For...' with their final drafts.
Students learn about the importance of honey bees to agriculture and are introduced to the complex world of flowering plants. Students will observe flowering plants and count the numbers of bees that visit during a specific period of time. Students will also examine flowers and identify characteristics and parts of flowering plants.
In this short video and accompanying activity and readings, students learn about Longleaf Pine Ecosystems by exploring Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve in North Carolina.