Recycling (Conservation)

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Science

Grade:  3

Unit: Recycling (Conservation Techniques) unit 3

Pacing:  January-March

Essential Question(s):

3.4-3    How do natural resources help us heat our home, fuel our car, and play video games?

3.4-6     what do we do with our empty water bottles


Big Idea(s):

3.4-3 Natural resources are used to improve our everyday lives

3.4-6    Practice the 3Rs and protect Mother Earth


CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

3.4-3  Explain advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources that can be used for making electricity, fueling cars or heating homes


3.4-6    Distinguish among reducing, reusing, recycling and replacing as conservation techniques


3.4-2    Summarize nonfiction text to explain how humans use technology to access and use natural resources to produce electricity or other products (e.g., paper or concrete


3.4-1  Describe ways people use materials, such as fossil fuels, trees, water, soils and rocks as natural resources to improve their lives


3.4-5  Use mathematics to estimate, measure and graph the quantity of a natural resource (e.g., water,paper) used by an individual (or group) in a certain time period


3.4-4 Design and conduct experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of different insulating materials for keeping a substance warm or cold (i.e., conducting heat).

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)




Fossil Fuels

Natural Resources

Renewable and Non Renewable Resources





Conservation Techniques










Explain ( advantages and disadvantages of different energy)







Distinguish and Recommend  (among reducing, reusing, and recycling)





















Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):


“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks\

Question/s :

Ø  What are natural resources?

Ø  How can we reduce the amount of natural resources we use?

Ø  How can we reuse products to extend the use of natural resources?

Ø  What can we recycle in order to conserve our natural resources?

Ø  How can we replace some of our natural resources?


Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):


Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:




Embedded Task


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections




Natural resources

Renewable resources

Nonrenewable resources






Natural resources



Renewable resources



Non Renewable



Non Renewable