Structures of Life

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Science  

 Grade: 3

Unit: Structures of Life

 Pacing: April-June

Essential Question(s):

3.2-1    What would happen if I kept my plants in the closet over summer vacation?

3.2-2 Why are animals so different from one another?  How do these differences help them survive?

 

Big Idea(s):

3.2-1 Plants need sunlight, water, and nutrients

3.2-2 Animals have different features and behaviors to help them survive in different environments

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

3.2-1 Compare and contrast the external features and behaviors that enable different animals and plants (Including those that are extinct) to get food, water, and sunlight; find mates; and be protective in specific land and water habitats

 

3.2-2 Explain how behaviors such as hibernation, dormancy and migration give species advantages for surviving unfavorable environmental conditions

 

3.2-3 Give examples of ways animals benefit from camouflage

3.2-4 Evaluate whether an adaptation gives a plant or animal a survival advantage in a given environment

3.2-5 Design a model of an organism whose adaptations give it an advantage in a specific environment 

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

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

3.2-1

Seeds

Plants

Water

Sunlight

 

3.2-2

Adaptations

(hibernation, dormancy, migration, camouflage)

Land Environments

Water Environments

 

3.2-1

Compare and contrast     ( animal and plant adaptations)

 

 

 

3.2-2

Evaluate and explain (how adaptations ensure survival

 

 

 

 

 

(IV)

 

 

 

 

 

(V)

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

3.2-1 Plants and Animals

 
Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall

Seeds

Plants

Water

Sunlight

Germination

Camouflage

Mimicry

Hibernation

      Migration

     Adaptation
Enrichment/Extension
Animal Adaptations:

http://www.zoosociety.org/pdf/GuidedTours/
AnimalAdap.pdf


How do Animals Spend the Winter
http://www.sciencemadesimple.
com/animals.html

 

Interdisciplinary Connections

Harcourt Reader:                               Living Things Depend on One Another

 

Seeds of Science Roots of Reading:                    

 Earth Worms Underground

 

Writing Prompts

 

Plants: You came home from his vacation and found your plant looked like this. You are upset.  Write a story telling about why this happened.  Also tell what you will do with your plant the next time you go on vacation.

 

Camouflage:   Glen the Grasshopper is camouflaged with the leaves around him.  Write a story about why Glen needs to be camouflaged, and how looking like his surroundings helps him.

 

Foss Investigations 1 & 2

Delta Science Readers: Classroom Plants and Plant and Animal Populations

3.2-2 Animal Adaptations

Foss Investigations 3 & 5

Harcourt Reader: Living Things Depend on One Another

Seeds of Science Roots of Reading: Earth Worms Underground

 

3.2-2 Animal Adaptations

Foss Investigations 3 & 5

Harcourt Reader: Living Things Depend on One Another

Seeds of Science Roots of Reading: Earth Worms Underground