This is a BUNDLE of all the Life Science 5E Unit Plans AND Life Science Science Stations for Third Grade. There are 8 5E Unit Plans AND 6 Science Station sets that cover all of the NGSS Third Grade Science Standards for Life Science. Topics include life cycle of plants and animals, animal groups, inheritance of traits, environment and traits, ancient life, natural selection, adaptations, and changing habitats.
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This BUNDLE includes the following 5e Model units:
Life Cycles of Plants and Animals (3-LS-1)
This Life Cycle of Plants and Life Cycle of Animals 5E Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit using the 5E Model lesson plan. It focuses on investigating life cycles and developing models to describe the unique and diverse life cycle of organisms. The unit includes three parts for each of the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and more.
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Animal Groups (3-LS-2.1)
This Animal Groups 5E Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit that focuses on investigating animal groups and the cause and effect relationships of predator and prey. Students explain why animals form groups for survival and investigate the social interaction and group behavior of animals. By the end of the unit, students understand that being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes. Groups may serve different functions and vary dramatically in size. The unit includes three parts for each of the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and more.
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Inheritance of Traits (3-LS-3.1)
This Inheritance of Traits 5E Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit that focuses on providing evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents. Variation of traits is also explored within groups of similar organisms. Students analyze the many characteristics of organisms and determine which are inherited from parents. Students also look at variations of traits and analyze how those traits look and function in different organisms. The unit includes three parts for each of the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and more.
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Environment and Traits (3-LS-3.2)
This Environment and Traits 5E Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit that focuses investigating acquired and learned traits from the environment. Throughout the unit, students use evidence to explain how traits can be influenced by the environment, including diet and learning. Students explore the cause and effect relationship of environmental factors on animal and plant traits. The unit includes three parts for each of the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and more.
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Ancient Life (3-LS-4.1)
This Ancient Life 5E Science Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit that focuses investigating fossils of plants and animals. Throughout the unit, students analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. Students explore types of fossils, paleontologists, and fossil excavation. The unit includes three parts for each of the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and more.
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Natural Selection (3-LS-4.2)
This Natural Selection 5E Science Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit that focuses using evidence to construct an explanation for how variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in survival. Throughout the unit, students use evidence to provide explanations about natural selection. Students different traits among species and investigate how those traits enable species to survive, find mates and reproduce. The unit includes three parts for each of the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and more.
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This Adaptations 5E Science Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit where students learn how in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Throughout the unit, students use evidence to construct an argument about adaptations. Students learn about how animals survive in an environment and adaptations they have that help them survive.
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Changing Habitats (3-LS-4.4)
This Changing Habitats 5E Science Unit Plan is an inquiry-based unit where students study how when an environment changes the types of plants and animals may change too. Throughout the unit, students look at biodiversity and human impact on habitats. They explore how populations live in a variety of habitats and how environmental changes affect the physical characteristics, temperature or availability of resources forcing organisms to either adapt, move or die.
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5E Unit Plans Include
► Teacher Notes that provide an overview of the resource and explanation of the NGSS standards
► Common Misconceptions about the topic
► Teaching Timeline available with four different options, including a correlation with the Third Grade Science Stations
► Vocabulary Cards to reinforce the topic's key terms throughout the unit. These are the same vocabulary cards available in the Third Grade Science Stations
► Big Idea Posters for the topic that illustrate the main concepts students will learn
► Exit Tickets in three formats: short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice
► Google Drive and Powerpoint Teacher Presentation that supports the student resources
► Google Drive Student Resources for a paperless option
What is the 5E Instructional Model?
The 5E Model is student-led, with the teacher acting mainly as the facilitator. Through open-ended questions, real-life experiences, guided investigations, and research, the students gain a deep understanding of the scientific topics that are covered in the lessons. Each stage of the model serves as a foundation to the next, creating a coherent model that frames lessons, activities, and units.
This Life Science BUNDLE includes the following Science Stations:
✔ Life Cycles: Plants and Animals - NGSS 3-LS1.B
✔ Ecosystems: Animal Group Behavior & Interactions - NGSS 3-LS2.D
✔ Inheritance and Variation of Traits - NGSS 3-LS3.A and 3-LS3.B
✔ Ecosystems and Biodiversity - NGSS 3-LS2.C and 3-LS4.D
✔ Plants & Animals Long Gone - NGSS 3-LS4.A
✔ Natural Selection & Adaptations - NGSS 3-LS4.B & 3-LS4.C
See each set of stations for in-depth previews.
All Stations Include
- Students watch a video about the concept and answer questions.
- Student interact with a video game about the concept. They then respond to questions about their experience.
- Students investigate the concept and answer questions.
- Students diagram about the concept and answer questions about it.
► Read a Passage
- Students read a passage and answer questions about the concept.
- Students model the concept and answer questions about their models.
- Students explore the concept and questions about it.
- Students do a sort about the concept and explain their reasoning.
Each station includes three or four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom. Students are encouraged to use their science journal. Worksheets are included as well.
Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for two days, or any format that works for your classroom.
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