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Climate Change and My World

Author: Jaimie Piotrowicz

School/Organization: Cayuga Elementary School

Year: 2016

Seminar: Our Earth, A Fragile Home

Grade Level: 3

Keywords: climate change, greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, atmosphere, Natural resources, pollution, emissions, temperature

School Subject(s): Environmental Science, Science

Students in our public school system are exposed to the terms climate change and global warming almost regularly; however, the scientific research regarding the changes in Earth’s climate is not mandated literature in our national curriculum.  This unit is a tool that should be used by teachers to provide students with inquiry-based instruction about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, their effect on the Earth, and suggestions for preserving our natural resources.  This unit is anticipated for students in Grade 3 and will help them to understand the affects of greenhouse gas emissions and the consequences on future generations, as well as how to halt and prevent future atmospheric damage.

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Rationale

Humanity as we know it has adapted to, and lived comfortably, in the somewhat constant climate of the last few centuries. If we continue to pollute the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, our future generations will be forced to adapt to an entirely different climate that may sustain more tumultuous weather patterns. In order to reduce the risks we will face because of our choices, we must educate children on protecting their natural environment. We must also instill in them the concern for their descendants. Students need to understand that they are able to act toward reducing greenhouse gasses and that the changes they make at home, school and, in the future, at work will contribute to a clean environment.

 

This type of study is particularly important for students in the third grade because it is developmentally appropriate to be aware of, and concerned about their environment and surroundings; however, research conducted within the field of Environmental Education shows that knowledge alone does not produce the actions and changes in behavior (Steger, 2006) that are crucial to adopting a sustainable mindset.  Students must understand that their daily experiences in their environments are the effects of climate change.

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According to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and ICF International’s 2015 report, “Growing Stronger: Toward a Climate-Ready Philadelphia,” in the past six years Philadelphia has experienced unpredicted extreme weather including one of the snowiest winters (2010) in history and two of the warmest summers (2015) ever recorded. (ICF, 2015)  As presented in Figure 1, the data insinuates that the average temperature in Philadelphia will continue to get warmer thus suggesting that the future of the city will be under water because of the sea-level rise induced by glacier melting.  As the city is in such a vulnerable state, it is vital that we expose students to this crucial information and allow them to invest their time in designing solutions.

[i] NOAA. 2015. Climate at a Glance. National Centers for Environmental Information. Retrieved July 28, 2015 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/ time-series/us

 

Objectives

The enduring understanding that students will foster through this unit is that changes in our current climate are dramatically occurring.  By the end of this unit students will have a comprehensive familiarity of the issues regarding climate change, and the culminating objective of this unit is for students to have hypothesized and researched some solutions to local and global climate issues.  This unit is anticipated for students in Grade 3. Students spend the duration of their academic instruction in one classroom with the exception of a 45-minute Art, Computer, Gym or Music class (one-period per day, five days per week) and a 45-minute lunch block. The scaffolded objectives of this unit are as follows:

 

  • Establish a deep understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere and climate,
  • Examine changes in the Earth’s climate and temperature over the past few centuries,
  • Analyze greenhouse gas emissions and the causes,
  • Calculate our current carbon footprint as individuals and as a community,
  • Investigate and practice current suggested actions toward creating a cleaner environment,
  • Track data on temperature, water levels, etc.
  • Suggest new actions based on our learning.
  • (Extensions) Explore the effects of climate change on various ecosystems.

 

The skills that students will acquire through the lessons in this unit range from career readiness skills to higher order thinking and literacy analyses skills. Through discovery and project-based learning students will gain scientific method skills and the abilities to create and conduct a research study. In this unit students will have to utilize resources in their communities such as people, water, plants, and land in order to collect data.

 

There are a multitude of cross-curricular connections between these skills. Understanding information regarding data and visuals such as diagrams and charts are a major part of the third grade literacy standards. Non-fiction text features are studied for the scope of the entire school year.  The books and documents read to and by students will provide us with opportunities to analyze the evidence and apply it to our own studies.  These resources will also help scaffold non-fiction writing skills and present models for students to follow in their writing.

 

Mathematics standards for third grade students include understanding and using operations, and also using these operations to analyze data.  Students are taught data collection early in the year when they simultaneously learn to graph such information.  In this unit students will see and create graphs and diagrams using data from current research as well as the research they conduct.

Strategies

In order to deliver information to students and reach them in their Zone of Proximal Development (Vygotsky, 1896-1934) this unit utilizes a variety of STEM teaching resources and multi-modal forms of instruction at students’ developmentally appropriate learning levels. They will explore the Internet to gather information, conduct inquiry-based research, and understand scientists’ views on climate change.  The course of this unit begins with activities that offer foundational concepts concerning climate change. Next, students will explore the components of Earth’s atmosphere and examine the changes that nature has experienced over the past few decades.

 

The introductory lessons are intended to incite students’ interest in their own environmentally unfriendly, or destructive, habits.  When this level of interest is achieved students will discover and use online resources to examine greenhouse gas emissions and calculate their own carbon footprints.  Students should begin to express concern about their carbon emissions and begin to inquire about the impacts of climate change in their community.

 

Students will be encouraged to take notice of their surroundings and constantly build text-to-world and text-to-text connections. While studying climate change it is crucial that students are simultaneously, or prior to this study, familiar with data collection and analyses such as translating information, creating a graph or visual representation, and interpreting that information. It is also important that students are exposed to a range of data collection tools such as surveys. These proficiencies will prove useful as students should be afforded opportunities to put their skills to practice by inquiring and surveying their community members about their findings, and use available resources to conduct hands-on projects around a hypothesis or proposed solution to the climate change issues most prevalent in their communities.

 

Lessons on the effects of climate change across the Earth should follow the foundational lessons. Once students are knowledgeable in data collection on a large scale they will be ready to collect and analyze data in their communities. For example, following the foundational lessons on climate change around the world, students in Philadelphia should also learn about the effects of climate change in Philadelphia through various resources.  When they are familiar with the city’s research they should have the chance to go into the community and begin to take data on the effects of climate change in their area.  This type of exploration, called Adventure Learning (AL) by Will Steger (2006) is the most imperative component of the unit; as described by Steger, “Adventure learning is an educational approach that provides learners with opportunities to explore real-world issues through authentic learning experiences within collaborative online learning environments. Adventure Learning (AL) is a hybrid distance education approach that provides students with opportunities to explore real-world issues through authentic learning experiences within collaborative learning environments.” (Steger, 2006)  Developing environmental sensitivity and potential strategies for climate sustainability are dependent on Adventure Learning.

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The figure above, from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and ICF International’s 2015 Report, is one of the most impactful photos that could be used to expose students to the realities of climate change in the city.

 

Research-Based Teaching Methods

 

In addition to the skill-based, teaching strategies described above, I will use research-based instructional techniques that engage students’ multiple intelligences (Gardner, 1991) within their Zones of Proximal Development (Vygotsky, 1896-1934) through deeply fascinating discussion.

 

Turn-and-Talk: This is a technique that demands all students to collaborate with others and develop their perspective through conversation. It is a low-maintenance discussion technique that does not require any set-up or arrangement of writing surfaces.

 

Gallery Walk: A Gallery Walk is a movement-based, station arrangement that provides opportunities to for students to interact with materials, information, and each other. It can be conducted with paper, computers, chart paper, or any resource of one’s choosing. It is an opportunity for students to challenge their own thinking and view others’ thinking from their own lenses.

 

Socratic Seminar: As defined by the National Paideia Center, a Socratic seminar is a “collaborative, intellectual dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text.” The purpose of using this technique is to require students, or participants, to carry a discussion and lead each other to a deeper understanding of the ideas with which they are learning. Students are presented with open-ended questions and use a strategic set of further questions or statement starters to support their responses. Rather than debating about a topic, students are encouraged to search for evidence that supports their opinions and help one another interpret or analyze information. For more information and resources about Socratic Seminars, visit https://www.nwabr.org/sites/default/files/SocSem.pdf.

 

Fishbowl Conversation: This is a teaching strategy that promotes practices of contributing to a discussion and listening to others. In this type of conversation students are sitting in two “fishbowl” circles – one interior circle and one exterior circle. The students sitting in the interior circle share questions, information, and ideas with one another while those seated in the exterior circle listen and take notes. When the discussion commences the roles are reversed. This arrangement gives all students the opportunity to speak to their peers and reflect on their thinking. For more information on the “Fishbowl” method, visit https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/teaching-strategies/fishbowl.

[i] M. (n.d.). Growing Stronger: Toward a Climate Ready Philadelphia. Retrieved from http://www.phila.gov/green/PDFs/Growing Stronger.pdf

 

Classroom Activities

Students will engage in a range of activities from in-class note-taking to museum visitations. Students will also have opportunities to video chat with professionals who work closely with the EPA as well as professionals within industries that are contributors to the pollution of our air. Daily logs and data will be updated to support students’ scientific hypotheses.

 

LESSON 1: Assessing Students’ Knowledge of Climate Change
On the first day of the unit instructors should use a diagnostic assessment to understand students’ knowledge of climate change and the effects of emissions.
Time: 45 minutes

Materials:

·         Vocabulary Flash Cards (Appendix A)

·         Bill Nye Video (Appendix B)

·         Lined paper or Science Journals

1.      The first step in this activity is to introduce students to a “new topic in environmental science.” Using whiteboards, paper, computers, or any chosen device, students should write the first thing that comes to their mind when they are shown the flash cards with the climate change vocabulary. Students will then be placed in small groups of 4-5 students at their learning level and participate in a group discussion of each vocabulary word. Show each of the vocabulary flash cards to the class and allow a discussion to commence (approximately 2-3 minutes).  After the groups have discussed each vocabulary word, collect all written resources as a formative assessment of their knowledge.

2.      The next step in the introduction to the unit is to describe the concepts of climate change to the students.  Using the article http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/videos/category/3play_1/climate-change-101-with-bill-nye-the-science/, read the text to the students (which can also be printed and used as a shared reading) and then show the video.

3.      Conclude the lesson by prompting the students to write in their Science Journals or on lined paper.  They may answer the question, “What is climate change? How does it affect you?” Using a Socratic seminar style, or Fishbowl discussion, allow students to share what they already know or want to learn about climate change. Attempt to activate their ability to perceive problems that need to be solved rather than jumping directly to concluding arguments. For example, you can ask students to think about their favorite animal and then ask, “what are resources that your favorite animal relies on and how does climate change affect your favorite animal?” If this discussion natural leads students to think about how climate change affects them, than let the discussion flow but if it does not, try to further prompt them to this conversation.

Accommodations: Print all resources for students or provide them with links or PowerPoint’s for those who have technology aids. Students who require additional support either audibly or visually may be seated closest to the instructor.

 

LESSON 2, 3, 4: What is Climate Change?
The purpose of these lessons is to build students’ foundational understanding of climate change, and the reasons for the increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They will use their ability and knowledge of graphing to explore the relationship between carbon emissions and atmospheric changes. These lessons are inspired by http://www.teachclimatechange.org/ and https://www3.epa.gov/.
Time: 45 minutes (each lesson)

Materials:

·         “Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations” (Appendix C) (Rainforest Alliance, 2016)

·         “Interview an Elder” (Appendix D) (Rainforest Alliance, 2016)

·         Atmosphere graph (Appendix E) (Rainforest Alliance, 2016)

·         Discussion questions (Appendix F)

·         Science Notebooks

1.      Introduce the concepts of climate change, weather and atmosphere by stating that scientists and other humans have noticed changes in the atmosphere that have influenced the Earth’s climate and weather, and that scientists are now calling this concept climate change.

2.      The next step is to ensure that students know the definitions of climate, atmosphere, carbon dioxide and weather. Have the definitions written on an anchor chart and read them to the students. Cover the definitions when you are finished and challenge them to write their own definitions from memory.
Climate refers “to the average weather conditions in a place over many years (usually at least 30 years, to account for the range of natural variations from one year to the next). For example, the climate in Philadelphia is cold and snowy in the winter, while Miami’s climate is hot and humid.” (EPA, 2016)
Weather is, “a specific event or condition that happens over a period of hours or days. For example, a thunderstorm, a snowstorm, and today’s temperature all describe the weather. Weather is highly variable from day to day, and from one year to the next.” (EPA, 2016)
Atmosphere is a layer of gases that surround the Earth and are held in place by gravity.
Carbon Dioxide is, “a gas found in Earth’s atmosphere. Each carbon dioxide molecule is made up of one part carbon (C) and two parts oxygen (O), thus it is often written CO2.” (Rainforest Alliance, 2016)

3.      Write and ask the question, “What does carbon dioxide have to do with climate change?” Allow students to make predictions by turning and talking to a partner, writing their predictions in their science notebooks, and sharing a few responses.

4.      Explain that greenhouse gases are the elements that make up the atmosphere and protect the Earth. The sun’s radiation enters the atmosphere and keeps the Earth warm so the greenhouse gases prevent the heat from escaping out of the Earth. If the gases escape than the Earth would be too cold for humans to survive.

5.      Next, explain that the rise in carbon dioxide levels is a reason scientists believe that the climate is changing. State that carbon dioxide is emitted by most naturally decaying materials such as food and animals and that plants and seawater used to balance the levels because they dissolve some carbon emissions. Explain why more carbon dioxide is dangerous to the atmosphere. Stop and ask students what they think contributed to the increase in emissions. Students should have enough background knowledge to offer an explanation about fossil fuels and pollution. Discuss and draw the cycle of carbon emissions. Allow students to recall this information and write in their science notebooks.

6.      Conclude the first lesson by explaining that climate change is the preferred term over global warming, and that each region of the Earth is affected differently.

7.      If you choose to complete both lessons in one day, be sure to give students an opportunity to move. One suggested movement activity is a gallery walk. For this activity, post pictures or vocabulary cards around the room and give students one minute per post to read and discuss the information.

8.      To introduce the next lesson, ask students if anyone in their lives has mentioned the changes in the climate in Philadelphia or anywhere in the world. Write their statements on the whiteboard or Smart Board.

9.      Provide students with a copy of Appendix D and explain that they’re going to go around the school and interview staff members about what they perceive as climate changes. Read the questions from the sheet and show the template on the Smart Board. State that they are going to write down the teachers’ responses and include the geographic locations of these climate changes. Model the activity and show them an example of a completed interview sheet.

10.  Give students about 30 minutes to collect information. When they return to the classroom allow them to create a poster or visual representation of the information they collected and present it to the class.

11.  For the final lesson, Show students the “Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations” page on the board and provide them with a printed copy. Explain what this information means and ask the question, “Based on this information, what do you think we’re going to find out about the relationship between carbon dioxide and the atmosphere?” Put students into groups and give them a graph (Appendix E). At this point in the school year students should be proficient in graphing and know how to produce a line graph but you should guide them in the first two plots. Model the expectations and walk through your thinking. Say, “I’m predicting that I’m going to have an upward trajectory meaning that as the years go by and technology advances, more concentrations of carbon dioxide are found in the atmosphere and we know that from our data. We will be able to see this in our graph because the line will go upward.” Advise them to finish the graph on their own. Put a timer on for approximately 10-15 minutes.

12.  As they are working on their graphs arrange the desks in a way that allows them to actively participate in a Socratic seminar style discussion. Give students enough time to go back to their seats and explain the rules for the discussion. Write the following questions on the board and gives students a printed copy of Appendix F.

–       How can you compare the data from the first few years of the graph to the data from the last few years of the graph?

–       What do you think are the causes of the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?

–       What do you predict carbon dioxide levels will be in 2020, 2030, and 2040? Why?

13.  After each group has presented and discussed, wrap up the discussion with a Science Notebook writing activity in which students respond to the question, “What did I learn today?”

Accommodations: Print all resources for students or provide them with links or PowerPoint’s for those who have technology aids. Students who require additional support either audibly or visually may be seated closest to the instructor.

 

LESSON 5, 6, 7: Weather and Climate
Students will learn and understand the differences between climate and weather through this lesson plan. They will collect local data for a defined time period and compare this data with long-term climate data regarding Philadelphia. These lessons are inspired by http://www.teachclimatechange.org/ and https://www3.epa.gov/.
Time: 45 minutes (each lesson)

Materials:

·         Daily Weather Sheet (Appendix G)

·         Instructions for Climate Data Collection (Appendix H)

·         Instructions for Weather Observation (Appendix I)

·         Computers

·         Science Notebooks

1.      Begin the lesson by asking students to recall the differences between weather and climate. Students should have responses such as, “weather is a condition that happens over a period of time while climate is usually the average of these weather conditions over a long period.” Remind students to consult their notebooks where they wrote the definitions of these concepts.

2.      Remind students that the temperature of all regions of the Earth are rising and leading to increased occurrences of natural disasters and extreme weather conditions. Explain that this is happening because Earth’s air, land, and water are related to each other and to our planet’s climate. Ask students, “Why is it important for scientists to study weather patterns if we already know a lot about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?” Students should make statements such as, “so we can understand if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is affecting the weather,” or, “because we need to understand how the atmospheric conditions are related to weather.”

3.      Reference and read with your students the report on the city of Philadelphia. https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/documents/weather-climate.pdf

Accommodations: Print all resources for students or provide them with links or PowerPoint’s for those who have technology aids. Students who require additional support either audibly or visually may be seated closest to the instructor.

Annotated Bibliography

Literature Resources

 

JT Houghton, Y Ding, DJ Griggs, M Noguer, PJ van der Winden, X Dai. (2001) Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Contribution of Working Group 1 to the Third Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press;, pp. 881, £34.95 (HB) ISBN: 0-21-01495-6; £90.00 (HB) ISBN: 0-521-80767-0.

 

This document is a comprehensive, scientific-assessment of past and current climate patterns as well as predictions about our future climate written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Though it was written in 2001, the panel accurately predicted the changes that we are currently experiencing.  My knowledge of climate change was limited prior to my review of this document but the thorough analyses and observations provided by the researchers helped me to foster my own understandings.

 

Global Climate Change. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://climate.nasa.gov/

There are a multitude of resources available on this site that provide facts, data and analyses of NASA’s research on climate change.  The information is comprehensive and organized by topic; the learning path begins by explaining the importance of carbon dioxide as it relates to global temperature change and leads into global temperature.  The organization of topics was the inspiration for my unit as the simplicity of the site appropriately scaffolds the information.

 

Teaching Resources

 

Climate Change. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/documents/weather-climate.pdf

 

This document provides background information regarding weather and how it is affected by changes in climate.  Lesson plans are geared toward helping students conduct their own research to lead to independent observation and analyses.

 

Gardner, H. (1991) The unschooled mind: how children think and how schools should teach. New York: Basic Books Inc.

 

In order to appropriately differentiate and scaffold this unit I consider Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and the learning preferences of my students.  The design of this unit accommodates all of Gardner’s eight intelligences.

 

 

 

 

 

Harvey, Stephanie. “Bringing the Outside World In.” School Talk 5.2 (January 2000): 1.
While it seems a logical task, transitioning from classroom learning to outdoor inquiry and research can be difficult.  This document outlines ways to interest students in “the outside world” inside the classroom via nonfiction literature, and transitioning this interest outside the classroom.  Stephanie Harvey’s points regarding student age and the decline of curiosity resonated with me as an elementary teacher as I want to support my students becoming more passionate and inquisitive about their environment as they age.

Home – Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. (n.d.). Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.climategen.org/

 

Will Steger dedicated his life’s work to conserving the Arctic and exploring climate preservation.  This comprehensive report sheds new insight into the climate change discussion and adds depth to basic understanding of global warming.

 

  1. (n.d.). Growing Stronger: Toward a Climate Ready Philadelphia. Retrieved from http://www.phila.gov/green/PDFs/Growing Stronger.pdf

 

The general discussion of climate change across the globe prepares students to engage in research on their own locale.  As I am a teacher in the city of Philadelphia my students will culminate their holistic understanding of the topic by referencing this report created by the city’s government.

 

Supplementary Resources

 

Lessons and Activities to Build the Foundations for Climate Literacy — Climate Change and the Polar Regions — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://beyondpenguins.ehe.osu.edu/issue/climate-change-and-the-polar-regions/lessons-and-activities-to-build-the-foundations-for-climate-literacy

 

Lesson Plans. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://www.climatechangelive.org/index.php?pid=180

 

Malinowski, A. (2012). Global Warming 101 Lesson Plans for Grades 3 – 6 – Will Steger. Retrieved from http://www.camelclimatechange.org/view/article/174041

The Franklin Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved February 23, 2016, from https://www.fi.edu/climate-science

 

(n.d.). Retrieved February 23, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2016/02/23/bill-gates-just-released-the-math-formula-that-will-solve-climate-change/#6b745fdf5ab8

 

Teach Climate Change. (n.d.). Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.teachclimatechange.org/more-resources/climate-change-lesson-plans/

Appendix

Appendix A.

  • Flash Cards or Index Cards with the words GREENHOUSE GAS, CARBON EMISSIONS, CARBON FOOTPRINT, POLLUTION, ATMOSPHERE

 

Appendix B.

 

Appendix C.

 

Appendix D.

 

Appendix E.

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Appendix F.

Appendix A.

  • Flash Cards or Index Cards with the words GREENHOUSE GAS, CARBON EMISSIONS, CARBON FOOTPRINT, POLLUTION, ATMOSPHERE

 

Appendix B.

 

Appendix C.

 

Appendix D.

 

Appendix E.

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Appendix F.

  • How can you compare the data from the first few years of the graph to the data from the last few years of the graph?
  • What do you think are the causes of the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
  • What do you predict carbon dioxide levels will be in 2020, 2030, and 2040? Why?

 

[i] http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/curriculum/climate/activity1

 

 

[i] http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/curriculum/climate/activity1

Standards

The PA Core Standards are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards that dictate the learning trajectory of third grade science concepts. These standards suggest the following instructional organization of science topics:

  1. Rock Cycle
  2. Weather and Climate
  3. Energy
  4. Inheritance and Traits

 

The nuanced issues regarding climate change are studied in the second quarter. Students will focus on connecting precipitation to weather; explaining how air temperature, moisture, wind speed and direction make up the weather in particular places and at particular times; and identifying some systems that are found in nature and some systems that are made by humans. The overarching standard for science in grade 3 is attaining inquiry-based skills and knowledge.

 

PA Core Standards

3.3.3.B3. Science as Inquiry

  • Understand that all scientific investigations involve asking and answering questions and comparing the answer with what is already known.
  • Plan and conduct a simple investigation and understand that different questions require different kinds of investigations.
  • Use simple equipment (tools and other technologies) to gather data and understand that this allows scientists to collect more information than relying only.
  • Use data/evidence to construct explanations and understand that scientists develop explanations based on their evidence and compare them with their current scientific knowledge.

3.3.3.A4. Connect the various forms of precipitation to the weather in a particular place and time.

3.3.3.A5. Explain how air temperature, moisture, wind speed and direction, and precipitation make up the weather in a particular place and time.

3.4.3.A2. Identify that some systems are found in nature and some systems are made by humans.
Next Generation Science Standards

3-ESS2-1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a

particular season.

3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

 

In addition to the science standards this unit will also help students attain skills in literacy, writing, mathematics, technology and social studies and aligns with many of the Common Core State Standards within these disciplines.

 

 

 

CCSS Reading

 

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.6
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.8
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.9
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


 

CCSS Writing

 

Text Types and Purposes:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.A
    Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.B
    Provide reasons that support the opinion.
  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.C
    Use linking words and phrases (e.g., becausethereforesinceforexample) to connect opinion and reasons.
  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.D
    Provide a concluding statement or section.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.A
    Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.B
    Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.C
    Use linking words and phrases (e.g., alsoanotherandmorebut) to connect ideas within categories of information.
  • ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.D
    Provide a concluding statement or section.

 

Production and Distribution of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.5
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3 here.)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.6
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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.7
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.9
(W.3.9 begins in grade 4)

Range of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.