Ecosystems Unit: Arctic Tundra, Deserts, Oceans, Temperate Forest, and Wetlands

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This is a complete unit for ecosystems for kids! It was designed with the third-grade NGSS in mind. Each component of this comprehensive, interactive unit has been researched and tried! You will save yourself hours and hours of time and students will be actively engaged throughout the unit! Besides step by step suggestions and tips this

Includes the following:

1. Ecosystems

-video suggestions/link for basic introduction

-vocabulary cards for: habitat, ecosystem, and biome

-an introductory sheet for each of the following biomes: arctic

tundra, deserts, oceans, temperate forests, and wetlands

Each sheet has a short description, acolorful photo, and

suggested student friendly site for students to read more about

the habitat

-3 graphic organizers for students to record their findings on

-at least 12 photographs of plants and animals from each habitat

with labels

-headers for each ecosystem that can be cut out and colored for

presentation boards

2. Food Chains/Energy Flow Within Each Ecosystem

-video suggestion/link about food chains

-vocabulary cards for food chain, sun, decomposer, producer,

consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, predator, and prey

-poster of sample human food chain

-2 graphic organizers for students including explicit models for

teachers to use to guide students

3. Plant and Animal Interactions Within Ecosystems

-suggestion videos/links for animal and plant adaptations

-graphic organizers to guide follow-up video discussions

-vocabulary cards for adaptations, camouflage, hibernation, and


-worksheets for students to show what they know by creating

their own plant or animal that can survive in their ecosystem

4. Suggestions for a final STEAM project

5. Engineering and Design Process Recording Sheet

6. Rubric for self-assessment, group-assessment, and teacher


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Plant and Animal Adaptations Bundle

Plant Adaptations Reading Passages

Plant Adaptations Posters

Animal Adaptations Reading Passages

Land Biomes of the United States - Colored

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. Examples of the environment affecting a trait could include normally tall plants grown with insufficient water are stunted; and, a pet dog that is given too much food and little exercise may become overweight.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
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.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).


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