Weather & Climate Science Stations for Third Grade Next Generation Science Standards include 8 different science stations where students can deepen their understanding of weather patterns and climate around the world. The focus is on NGSS 3-ESS2.D & 3-ESS3.B and includes concepts such weather, climate, severe weather, how clouds are formed, meteorology and weather maps, types of precipitation, meteorological tools, and climate zones.
► Vocabulary Cards in two formats with and without pictures.
► Watch - Students watch a video about the weather and climate or severe weather and answer questions. Allow students to choose the video or have them do both.
► Play - Students interact with a video game about seasons or the water cycle OR about lightning and floods. Students answer questions about the games. Note: The website for the video games about lightning and floods sometimes doesn't work, but it sometimes does. We have included 4 Play a Video game options in this resource to provide flexibility for the website being down.
► Investigate - Students conduct an investigation on clouds and answer questions.
► Diagram - Students diagram meteorology and weather maps and answer questions about the diagram.
► Read a Passage - Students read a passage about extreme weather events and answer questions.
► Model - Students make a model of types of precipitation and answer questions.
► Explore - Students explore tools meteorologists use to forecast weather and build a wind gauge.
► Sort - Students sort countries into climate zones and answer questions about the sort.
Each station includes 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 and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.
Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.
Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.
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Additional Science Stations are also available.
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