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Anchoring Phenomenon Routine for Third Grade Weather and Climate
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The Anchoring Phenomenon Routine is the launch to student investigation around the anchoring phenomenon. This phenomenon will be the one that students will describe and explain, using disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts in investigations. The Anchoring Phenomenon Routine will encourage thoughtful consideration of the phenomenon, initial models, connections to related phenomenon, discussions about the phenomenon and the creation of the KLEWS chart used for documenting student learning.
In an Anchoring Phenomenon Routine, ​students​:
● Are presented with a phenomenon or design problem
● Write and discuss what they notice and wonder about from the initial presentation
● Create and compare initial models of the phenomenon or problem
● Identify related experiences and knowledge that they could draw upon to explain the phenomenon or solve the problem
● Construct a KLEWS Chart
● Identify potential investigations to answer the questions on the KLEWS Chart, adding the questions to the chart

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Michigan Science Teachers Association
Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network
Date Added:
08/17/2020
Be The Bee Virtual Field Trip and Educator's Guide
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Ever wonder how honey gets from the bee to the table? Join the Bee Cause Project and avid beekeeper, Ted Dennard, on this immersive 360 video to find out just how those amazing bees do it!  The National Honey Board has created an amazing look into the life of beekeepers and into the hive. We've created a lesson plan full of resources including science lessons, video links, and a full set of step-by-step printable cards for demonstrating the process of how honey is made! 

Subject:
Biology
Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
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Author:
The Bee Cause Project
Date Added:
12/15/2020
The Bee Cause Project: 6 Week Bee Unit - Complete Guide
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Our mission is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards while protecting our planet's most precious pollinators. The resources we have provided are designed to engage students through observation-based and hands-on learning with a little help from our tiny friends -- the bees! This unit of study has ample resources including teacher guides, video links, material lists, background information, standards mapping, and engaging work for students. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Life Science
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Assessment
Unit of Study
Author:
The Bee Cause Project
Tami Enright
Date Added:
09/15/2020
Climate Forecasters
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This lesson covers the definitions of differences between weather and climate. Students will discuss local climates in Washinton state, then they will dicsuss climates around the world and collaborate to determine distinct attributes of different climates. For this lesson, the focus will be on the ice block activity to demonstrate how a changing climate affects the local ecosystem.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Geology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Author:
Gonzaga Climate Institute
Date Added:
06/24/2024
Climate, Weather, and Ways We Shelter
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In this 3rd grade integrated STEM Storyline focused around the topics of climate and weather, we present students with the challenge of designing and building prototype temporary shelters for people in need. The unit launches with a discussion about the importance of shelter for humans. Then, students explore the significance of local weather conditions, the local climate, and how these may affect us. Students continue by exploring climate conditions around the world and how people have designed housing that shelters them from daily weather and climate. This unit culminates with students engaging in a design thinking process (similar to engineering design) where they design and test a shelter for people to use.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Geology
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Pranjali Upadhyay
Date Added:
10/25/2022
Elementary Assessment Task - Weather and Regions
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This task developed by educators in the ClimeTime project, is for third grade students to explore weather data and make predictions about the nature of weather in different seasons based on historical data patterns. Scale is also explored as students are asked to explain the difference between weather and climate so some understanding that climate is weather data collected over time, averaged over decades is needed.
Includes a student task document, teacher guide, and task facilitation slides.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Author:
Alisa Winkler
ClimeTime: Climate Science Learning
Jeff Ryan
Sarah Neyman
Date Added:
05/06/2024
Environmental Challenges in China: From Rural Villages to Big Cities
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Students learn about the wonderful and fascinating country of China, and its environmental challenges that require engineering solutions, many in the form of increased energy efficiency, the incorporation of renewable energy, and new engineering developments for urban and rural areas. China is fast becoming an extremely influential factor in our world today, and will likely have a large role in shaping the decades ahead. China is the world's largest energy consumer and the largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, leading engineers and scientists to be concerned about the role these emissions play in rural and urban public and environmental health, as well as in global climate change. Through exploring some sources of air pollution, appropriate housing for different climate zones, and the types of renewable energy, the lessons and activities of this unit present ways that engineers are helping people in China, using an approach to cleaner, smarter, healthier and more-efficient ways of living that apply to people wherever they live.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail T. Watrous
Denise W. Carlson
Janet Yowell
Stephanie Rivale
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Homes for Different Climates
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Students learn about some of the different climate zones in China and consider what would be appropriate design, construction and materials for houses in those areas. This prepares them to conduct the associated activity(ies) in which they design, build and test small model homes for three different climate zones.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Engineering
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail T. Watrous
Denise W. Carlson
Janet Yowell
Stephanie Rivale
Date Added:
09/18/2014
A House Is a House for Me
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Students brainstorm and discuss the different types of materials used to build houses in various climates. They build small models of houses and test them in different climates.

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Inquiry Project
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This resource is a lesson plan and project used to teach 3rd graders regional weather patterns. Students will gain an awareness on seasons and how they are different in different regions of the country. They will learn how people have to prepare for and adapt to different weather conditions.

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Date Added:
02/27/2017
Mercury and Venus
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Students explore Mercury and Venus, the first and second planets nearest the Sun. They learn about the planets' characteristics, including their differences from Earth. Students also learn how engineers are involved in the study of planets by designing equipment and spacecraft to go where it is too dangerous for humans.

Subject:
Applied Science
Astronomy
Engineering
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sam Semakula
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Recipe for a Region
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Students consider the ways their climate affects their region, by identifying a type of food unique to the region and selecting (and possibly cooking) a recipe that features that ingredient. Optional activities to make the food are also provided.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Universities Space Research Association
Date Added:
06/11/2020
Rock Hunting with Children
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Suggestions and resources for hands-on activities to teach elementary students about rocks and minerals.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Geoscience
Physical Science
Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Robert Payo
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Super Sun
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This lesson will introduce solar power, how it works, and energy storage to students through hands on materials and activities. It will also foster an understanding of renewable energy and how we can use renewable energy to power our cities.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Engineering
Environmental Science
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Gonzaga Climate Institute
Date Added:
06/24/2024
Third Grade Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects-Weather
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The Third Grade Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects, Weather, uses the phenomena of extreme weather events.  It is part of Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects project, a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, North Central ESD, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) pnenomena based, focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Composition and Rhetoric
Elementary Education
Measurement and Data
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Module
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
06/04/2021
Tracking the Sun's Patterns Around the Globe
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Students will create a panorama drawing of their own landscape.  They will include landmarks and cardinal directions in their drawings, and use their drawings to plot the movement of the sun in the sky over the course of a day. They may make their observations in one day, or over a period of days or weeks. Once students have created their own panoramas, they will look at panoramas taken in the North and South Poles and compare similarities and differences. They will then explore the “Sun Path Simulator” online. Before beginning these lessons, students should already know: 1) How to find the four, cardinal directions, and 2) That the Earth rotates on its axis, and revolves around the sun. 3) How to tell time.  This unit pairs nicely with the Mystery Science Unit, Spinning Sky. Where indicated, worksheets and videos for lessons can be found on their website. Links to all other worksheets for the entire unit are in the “Overview” Section of my slideshow. Each day’s lesson comes with a worksheet to focus the students and to show evidence of student learning.

Subject:
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
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Student Guide
Author:
Anya Rose
Date Added:
02/23/2022
Weather
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Students use questioning and research to identify the difference between climate and weather.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Weather and Climate (3-5)
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This elementary storyline developed for remote and hybrid teaching was made available through the Growing Elementary Science Project a part of the Washington State ClimeTime initiative. This storyline is developed for 3-5 grade students and presents a weather phenomena in the form of a annual precipitation map from Washington State. Students analyze and interprete the graphical representation and ask questions about the difference between weather and climate. The storyline builds interest and student engagement through an interesting phenomena and then supprorts investigation to consider what is weather and what is climate.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Author:
Jeff Ryan
Clancy Wolf
Date Added:
08/16/2021