Inheritance, Inherited Traits, Variation of Traits, Life Cycles | 3rd Grade NGSS

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Linda Kamp
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3rd, Homeschool
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  1. This third grade science print and digital bundle is a comprehensive science resource carefully designed with literally everything you need to teach NGSS and many state science standards for inherited traits, variation of traits, and life cycles all in one resource. This resource aligns to NGSS stan
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This third grade inheritance, variations of traits, and life cycles unit is a comprehensive science resource carefully designed with literally everything you need to teach NGSS and many state science standards for inherited traits, variation of traits, and life cycles all in one resource.

This unit is also available in a bundle with its digital version and narrated lesson slides CLICK HERE.

This 3rd grade science unit aligns to NGSS standards 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2. It includes 21 days of highly engaging science lessons on these topics:

  • plant and animal life cycles
  • patterns within life cycles
  • Inherited traits of plants and animals
  • variation of traits
  • traits influenced by environment
  • how to write a scientific explanation

Each ready to teach lesson comes with an instructional PowerPoint, detailed, scripted lesson plans, response journal activities, differentiated quizzes, hands-on investigations and simple lab activities that are actually do-able in your classroom. An optional lab observing the Tenebrio life cycle using live mealworms is also included.

The lessons also include vocabulary posters, guiding questions, and learning objectives display cards as well as related videos for each lesson. Literacy and math based science centers make it easy to integrate science and reinforce the lessons during other subjects.

Assessments are easy to differentiate using one of two quiz formats: the fill in the blank option or the short, written response format. At the end of the unit students are assessed with a comprehensive unit test.

What’s included:

  • A complete Teacher’s Guide with a 21-day Pacing Guide that can be shortened to fit your schedule
  • Standards alignment pages for each lesson
  • Teacher planning binder with cover and sections
  • 21 Days of detailed, scripted lesson plans.
  • 6 Hands-on investigations with guided lab procedures and step-by-step directions with photos.
  • Tenebrio (mealworm) life cycle project with observation journal
  • An in-depth Teaching Power Point with embedded videos and interactive, moveable diagrams
  • Essential questions posters and learning target cards
  • Student journal/workbook
  • Vocabulary cards + full page vocabulary posters
  • Quizzes for each lesson in 2 formats (short written response or fill in the blank) with answer keys
  • Final Unit Test & Answer Key
  • 4 Literacy and math-based science centers
  • Videos for each lesson
  • BONUS Inherited Traits bulletin board set

This is a very large unit. Please see the preview for details and pictures of everything included.

Happy teaching!

Linda Kamp

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Additional third grade science units in this series:

Force & Motion

Weather & Climate

Inherited Traits Variations & Life Cycles

Engineering Design

Scientists & the Scientific Method

Click HERE for DIGITAL science units

Click HERE for second grade science units.

Total Pages
170 pgs + 117 slide PowerPoint
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. Examples of cause and effect relationships could be plants that have larger thorns than other plants may be less likely to be eaten by predators; and, animals that have better camouflage coloration than other animals may be more likely to survive and therefore more likely to leave offspring.
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.
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.
Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land characteristics, water distribution, temperature, food, and other organisms. Assessment is limited to a single environmental change. Assessment does not include the greenhouse effect or climate change.


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