Science - 3rd Grade
Students will understand that organisms depend on living and nonliving things within their environment.
Classify living and nonliving things in an environment.
Build A Bug - Bugs Don't Bug Me
By watching a presentation where one of their classmates is
dressed up in a bug costume, students learn what adaptations
macroinvertebrates have in order to live in an aquatic environment.
Students will continue their increase their understanding of living and non-living things by investigating yeast.
Going on a Living and Nonliving Hunt
By exploring various objects and organisms, students will begin to distinguish between things that are living, things that were once-living, and things that are nonliving.
If Bugs Could Talk - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will evaluate the quality of a "water sample" (using a bag
of skittles to represent pollution and pictures of aquatic macroinvertebrates to
represent invertebrates found in their sample), graph their results, and form a
hypothesis about the land use near the location their "water sample" was
Living and Nonliving
Students will be able to identify what is living and nonliving in the
world around them.
Living or Nonliving
Students look for living and nonliving elements on the playground.
Living, Nonliving or Once Living
Students investigate what it means to be alive. Students sort items
into three categories: living, nonliving, or once living. Yeast and cornmeal are
similar looking powders and students will conduct an experiment to see if either
powder is alive. A terrarium is used to demonstrate to students that living,
nonliving, and once living materials all interact in an ecosystem.
Macroinvertebrate Graphing Activity - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will learn about water quality indicators through the use of
candy representing a "macroinvertebrate sample." Sorting the candy and evaluating
what is found will tell the students about the quality of the water.
Macroinvertebrate Investigation - Bugs Don't Bug Me
Students will collect live macroinvertebrates from a river or
stream. They will then classify and count the invertebrates and use that data to
determine the EPT index.
Macroinvertebrate Mix and Match - Bugs Don't Bug Me
The class will learn about the head, thorax and abdomen of insects by
mixing and matching pictures of bugs. They will also match the larva/nymph stage
of each species to the adult.
Macroinvertebrate Simon Says - Bugs Don't Bug Me
After a short introduction to macroinvertebrate feeding habits,
students will play a Simon Says game.
TRB 3:2 - Investigation 1 - Intro: Living & Nonliving
Students learn to distinguish between living and nonliving things.
What it is, What it isn't
This activity will help students to recognize characteristics of living and nonliving items within an environment.
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