Inherited Traits & Life Cycles Third Grade Science BUNDLE | Print + Digital

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Linda Kamp
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3rd, Homeschool
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200 pages + Powerpoint, Google Slides & Google Forms
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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 standards 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2. It includes 21 days of in-depth, highly engaging science lessons and investigations on these topics:

  • plant and animal life cycles
  • patterns within life cycles
  • inherited traits of plants and animals
  • inherited behavior
  • variation of traits
  • traits influenced by environment
  • how to write a scientific explanation
  • related research project ideas

Each ready to teach lesson comes with an instructional PowerPoint, as well as a Google Slides version with narrated audio slides. Detailed, scripted lesson plans, response journal activities, differentiated quizzes, hands-on investigations and STEM lab activities are also included.

This third grade inherited traits unit includes 21 days of in-depth science lessons with vocabulary posters, guiding questions, and learning objectives display cards as well as videos for each lesson. Literacy and math based science centers make it easy to integrate science during your reading and math blocks if you wish to.

These lessons will have your students begging you for science!

Assessing each lesson is 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 with questions modeled after standardized tests that allow students to practice important skills while you assess learning.

All the activities are included in both a printable version and in digital format on Google Slides with narrated audio lessons.

The narrated audio lessons make it easy to differentiate the lessons and enable students to work independently. The interactive digital activities make it easy and engaging for students to practice and apply what they are learning.

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 with NGSS for each lesson

· Teacher planning binder with cover and sections

· 21 Days of detailed, scripted lesson plans.

· 4 Hands-on investigations with guided lab procedures and step-by-step directions with photos.

· 2 Partner activity labs

· An in-depth Teaching Power Point to guide you through 21 engaging lessons with Turn and Talk partner discussion, Independent Activity slides and a slide introducing the Investigation for each lesson

· Interactive diagrams with moveable parts

· Science focus wall with essential question posters and learning target cards

· Student journal /workbook with activity pages to reinforce each lesson

· Vocabulary cards + full page vocabulary posters

· Quick Check/Exit Tickets in 2 formats for each lesson (short written response or fill in the blank) with answer keys

· Final Unit Test & Answer Key

· 4 Literacy and math-based science centers

· Related videos for each lesson

· Informational book list

· BONUS Inherited Traits bulletin board set

Digital resources included:

Narrated audio lessons on Google Slides

Lesson response journal activities on Google Slides

4 Self-grading quizzes on Google Forms

Self-grading unit test on Google Forms

5 Interactive science center games

Literacy & Math-Based Science Centers (in both print + digital)

· Science vocabulary

· Trait Sort

· Trait Variation Match

· Cause & Effect

· Fraction word problems

Lessons & Labs:

· Lesson 1.1 Life Cycles of Organisms

· Lesson 1.2 Animal Reproduction

· Activity 1.1 Observe the Darkling Beetle Life Cycle

· Lesson 1.3 Patterns Within Life Cycles

· Lesson 1 Lab: Compare Models of Life Cycles

· Lesson 2.1 Inherited Traits

· Activity 2.1 Observing Traits

· Lesson 2.2 Physical Traits

· Activity 2.2 Parents & Offspring

· Lesson 2.3 Patterns of inherited Traits

· Lesson 2 Lab: Investigate Traits in a Group of Related Animals

· Lesson 3.1 Trait Variations in Animals

· Lesson 3.2 Trait Variations in Plants

· Lesson 3 Lab: Creature Features Offspring Models

· Lesson 4.1 Traits Influenced By Environment

· Lesson 4. 2 Sunlight, Soil & Temperature

· Lesson 4 Lab: Investigate the Effects of Pollution

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Additional third grade science topics:

Force & Motion

Weather & Climate

Engineering Design

Scientists & The Scientific Method

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Click HERE for second grade science units.

Happy teaching!

Linda Kamp

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Total Pages
200 pages + Powerpoint, Google Slides & Google Forms
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
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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