This unit is completely integrated with science, math and English language arts.This resource is designed to meet the NGSS for 3rd Grade Weather and Climate.
This resource is designed to address and meet NGSS Earth Systems and NGSS Earth and Human Activity for the following standards:
3-ESS2-1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
3-ESS3-1. Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather related hazard.
This resource is also aligned with Utah Core 4th Grade Standard 2 Students will understand that the elements of weather can be observed, measured, and recorded to make predictions and determine simple weather patterns.
This weather unit includes 5-E inquiry based lessons, graphing and recording data, QR code research, nonfiction articles, response pages, interactive notebook flaps and hands-on labs. Includes reading passages and comprehension questions for informational text. Students will be encouraged to read back into the text to answer the text dependent questions.
In this weather unit, students will use graphs and charts to obtain and display data on weather and climate. Students will read informational text in a CLOSE reading strategy to gather more information about the topics. They will respond to text dependent questions in the response pages and interactive notebook flaps. Students will participate in two hands-on inquiry based labs One of these labs students will be developing an engineering design solution to solve the problem of heavy rain and mudslides.
Science Topics Addressed:
Difference between weather and climate
Tools Used by Meteorologists
Characteristic of Climate Zones
Factors that Affect Climate
The Water Cycle
Comparing and Contrasting
Cause and Effect
Science and Engineering Practices Used
Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
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Please see some of my other resources for NGSS 3rd Grade Science.
Third Grade Close Read and Lab: Why do some animals live in groups? 3-LS2-1
Third Grade Objects In Motion 3-PS2-2
Fossil Unit NGSS 3-LS-4 and 4-ESS1-1
Life Cycle of a Rabbit