This project is designed for students to research a region of Georgia within a group and present their findings to the class using PowerPoint.
- A preference list for students to rank which region they would like to research so the project can be differentiated by student interest.
- A rubric to score the Powerpoint Presentations.
- An organizer for groups to put together a research plan.
- Guiding questions to guide research on each region of Georgia's landscape, climate, animals, plants, soil, major cities and interesting facts.
S3L1. Students will investigate the habitats of different organisms and the dependence of organisms on their habitat.
a. Differentiate between habitats of Georgia (mountains, marsh/swamp, coast, Piedmont, Atlantic Ocean) and the organisms that live there.
b. Identify features of green plants that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.
c. Identify features of animals that allow them to live and thrive in different regions of Georgia.
d. Explain what will happen to an organism if the habitat is changed.
S3L2. Students will recognize the effects of pollution and humans on the environment.
a. Explain the effects of pollution (such as littering) to the habitats of plants and animals.
b. Identify ways to protect the environment.
• Conservation of resources
• Recycling of materials
ELAGSE3RI1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a
text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
ELAGSE3RI2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and
explain how they support the main idea.
ELAGSE3RI3: 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.
ELAGSE3RI4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific
words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
ELAGSE3RI5: Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars,
hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic quickly and efficiently.
ELAGSE3RI7: 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).
ELAGSE3RI9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details
presented in two texts on the same topic.
ELAGSE3W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.
Provide a concluding statement or section.
ELAGSE3W7: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
ELAGSE3W8: Recall information from experience or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
ELAGSE3SL1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
c. Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
d. Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
ELAGSE3SL2: Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
ELAGSE3SL3: Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
ELAGSE3SL4: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
ELAGSE3SL6: Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 3
Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)