Investigating Our Changing Earth: Rapid Changes and Slow Processes in the Natural World
In this 3rd grade science unit, students explore the natural world and investigate the rapid changes and slow processes that are constantly at work on Earth's surface.
Who is This For?
3rd Grade science teachers looking for an engaging unit about the natural world.
What is Included?
Through hands-on activities, students will learn about landforms, rapid changes (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides), slow processes (weathering and the formation of soil), and natural resources.
Included in the unit:
*12 full lesson plans (including objectives, key understandings, full lesson cycle, and resources)
*fold-ups, sorts, and graphic organizers perfect for science notebooks
*pictures of activities and student work for teacher reference
*24 posters/slides with full-color images
*links to online videos and resources
Lessons can easily be shortened or extended depending on time available but unit provides about 3 weeks of 45 minute science lessons.
Students will create models of landforms, earthquakes, and volcanoes, observe and compare soil samples, explore weathering with cookies, and plan for ways to conserve natural resources. They will work independently, with partners, and sometimes with groups.
*Effects of Rapid Changes (Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Landslides)
*Weathering & Erosion Definitions
*Causes of Weathering
*Components of Soil
This unit is packed with hands on exploration, vocabulary development, and flexible options for instruction. All activities are designed for minimal teacher prep and maximum student engagement.
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