Over 20 third grade common core standards are met through this integrated, cross curricular science research project. Students work in groups and begin with a broad study of a single habitat. Then, they break off independently to narrow their focus on characteristics of a single food chain link. The project is designed to be accompanied by a student-directed iMovie where students compile their discoveries to present a "documentary" of a single food chain within their studied habitat.
With or without the iMovie component, this research investigation is meaningful and exciting for students!