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This NGSS-aligned GLAD unit will get you on your way to a cross-curricular unit that will get your students thinking deeply about how environments, organisms and adaptations are related, as well as how organisms can change over time.
Included GLAD Resources:
- Unit essential question
- Inquiry chart printable
- 6 observation chart photos
- Printable CCD and teacher samples
- I Just Thought You Would Like to Know About Biodiversity and Ecosystems Big Book (1 title page, 5 content pages, 5 pages of pictures)
- PPT version of the big book
- Super Scientist Awards
- 6 pictorial and/or comparative input charts to project and trace
- 3 chants
- 2 different printable sentence pattern charts and teacher sample
- Adaptations and Sociality Expert Groups (set of 6) with mind map graphic organizer and process grid
- Invasive Species Expert Groups (set of 6) with mind map graphic organizer and process grid
- 3 writing prompts (narrative, informational, and opinion) and writing paper
- 4 leveled close reading passages with 3 printable question sets aligned to CCSS and 2 journal prompts
- each text is available at a beginning, middle, and end of reading level
- Mobs, Colonies, and Herds!
- The Fossil Record
- Charles Darwin and Natural Selection
- 4 math activities (3 center-type activities and 1 set of printables)
- 5 science labs with teacher directions and printable recording sheets
- Elephant Tag
- Fossil Simulation
- Adaptation Battle
- Bird Beak Simulation
- Invasive Species Design Challenge (alternate version: Environmental Change Design Challenge)
- answer keys for the standards-based close reading questions, math activities, and 2 of the science activities
This unit satisfies NGSS standards 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, and 3-LS2-1.
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