Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade

Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan for Third Grade
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This Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit where students study how in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Throughout the unit, students use evidence to construct an argument about adaptations. Students learn about how animals survive in an environment and adaptations they have that help them survive. The unit includes three parts for each of the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and more.

Included in this Adaptations Science Resource
► Teacher Notes that provide an overview of the resource and explanation of the NGSS standard for Adaptations 3-LS4-3
► Common Misconceptions about the Adaptations
► Teaching Timeline available with four different options, including a correlation with the Third Grade Science Stations
► Vocabulary Cards to reinforce key terms of adaptations throughout the unit. These are the same vocabulary cards available in the Third Grade Science Stations
► Big Idea Posters that illustrate the main concepts students will learn
► Exit Tickets in three formats: short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice
► Google Drive and Powerpoint Teacher Presentation that supports the student resources
► Google Drive Student Resources for a paperless option

What is the 5E Instructional Model?
The 5E Model is student-led, with the teacher acting mainly as the facilitator. Through open-ended questions, real-life experiences, guided investigations, and research, the students gain a deep understanding of the scientific topics that are covered in the lessons. Each stage of the model serves as a foundation to the next, creating a coherent model that frames lessons, activities, and units.

Find out more about the 5E Unit Plans in this blog post.

The 3-LS4 standards are part of the Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity standards in the NGSS Framework.

3-LS4-1 covers fossils and the evidence that we have of species and environments from long ago.
3-LS4-2 covers variation within and between species as the result of natural selection.
3-LS4-3 covers adaptations that enable organisms to survive in an environment, reproduce, and pass their traits to their offspring.
3-LS4-4 covers changing habitats, and how new environmental conditions trigger adaptations in organisms.

3-LS4-2, 3, and 4 are similar topics. In fact, in higher level life science instruction, they are often taught simultaneously. Adaptations are the result of natural selection, and natural selection drives new adaptations to arise in organisms when habitats change. NGSS has chosen to break these topics into separate standards, with distinct Disciplinary Core Ideas, Performance Expectations, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. For this reason, we have created three separate 5E Unit Plans in order to thoroughly cover each of these standards.

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Objectives and Timeline for Each Section of the 5E Adaptation Unit

Engage
Objectives:
→ Students will access their prior knowledge about adaptations in organisms.
→ Student interest in adaptations will be elicited.
→ The teacher will be able to identify student misconceptions about adaptations that arise via natural selection.

Parts and Duration:
• Part 1 (What Is This?): 10 minutes
• Part 2 (My Experiences): 15 minutes
• Part 3 (Introducing): 20 minutes

Explore
Objectives:
→ Students will work together to investigate adaptations of living things. They will do this by observing different types of plants and animals, and by considering how traits help a variety of animals live in their environment.
→ Students will gather general information about adaptations.
→ Students will investigate how adaptations help organisms in their environment.

Parts and Duration:
• Part 1 (Check It Out): 20 minutes
• Part 2 (Watch and Read This): 15 minutes
• Part 3 (You Try It): 20 minutes

Explain
Objectives:
→ Students will work collaboratively to observe and discover adaptations in plants and animals.
→ Students will listen to the teacher’s explanation about adaptations in plants and animals.
→ Students will use the new information to revise their explanations about what adaptations are and how they enable an organism to be suited for its environment.

Parts and Duration:
• Part 1 (What Does It Mean?): 15 minutes
• Part 2 (What Are Adaptations?): 20 minutes
• Part 3 (Putting It All Together): 15 minutes

Extend
Objectives:
→ Students will apply what they have learned about adaptations to a new situation.
→ Students will deepen their understanding of adaptations and natural selection, gaining a more generalized knowledge of these specific scientific concepts.
→ The teacher will resolve all persisting student misconceptions about how adaptations are acquired via natural selection.

Parts and Duration:
• Part 1 (Where Are the Adaptations?): 20 minutes
• Part 2 (Show What You Know): 20 minutes
• Part 3 (Have Fun With It): 20 minutes

Evaluate
Objectives:
→ Students will evaluate their own understanding of adaptations.
→ Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and vocabulary.
→ The teacher will encourage students to ask questions that could lead to future investigations.

Parts and Duration:
• Part 1 (What I Know): 15 minutes
• Part 2 (Showing Adaptations): 15 minutes
• Part 3 (Going Forward): 15 minutes

These 5E Unit Plans correlate with the Third Grade Science Stations.

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