This year our school is implementing the Next Generation State Standards. We are teaching science across the curriculum.
3-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth,
growth, reproduction, and death.
The performance expectations above were developed using the following elements from the NRC document A Framework for K-12 Science Education:
Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
building and revising simple models and using models to
represent events and design solutions.
Develop models to describe phenomena. (3-LS1-1)
Common Core State Standards Connections:
RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how
key events occur). (3-LS1-1)
SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or
enhance certain facts or details. (3-LS1-1)
Production and Distribution of Writing:
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories
Directions: Research two trees (answer and write all the questions in a sheet)
- Research one tree from California and another tree from another state.
- Research the trees and use the graphic organizer to write facts.
- What patterns did you see?
- Why do you think the Californian tree you chose is different from the tree you chose from another state.
- What does phenology mean?
- How does a tree change throughout the year?
- Why does the tree change through the year?
- How do you identify a tree species?
- How is this tree used (economically,
- How can you identify how old is the tree?
- How old is the tree?
- How tall is the tree?
- Vegetation – what types, quantity, invasive species, etc.
- Animals – species, status, diversity, etc.
- Water – sources, locations, currents, etc.
- Human impacts – settlements/activities
- Draw a map of the trees you chose
- Do a diorama of the trees you choose and label everything that is in your diorama.
- Do poem
- Do- the sketch and label your ecosystem.