During our last science unit, your child will participate in experiments, group activities, and observations to develop and understanding of living things and their surrounding environment. Your child will explore the similarities and differences of organisms’ life cycles. Additionally, students will understand that organisms have different inherited traits, and that the environment can also affect the traits that an organism develops. Our third graders will construct an explanation using evidence for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
Finally, your child will develop an understanding of the idea that when the environment changes some organisms survive and reproduce, some move to new locations, some move into the transformed environment, and some die.
Links and Resources
Plant & Animal Variation - Habitats 4b: Click on Habitats. Look at the plants and animals as they go past. Can you drag them into the right groups?
Plant & Animal Variation - Variation: Click on Variation. Choose different activities to play and experience: Activity 1: Sorting plants and animals Activity 2: Sorting animals using your own criteria Activity 3: Identifying Similarities and differences
Food Chains: Click on Food Chains. Use your mouse to move over the pictures and labels of the food chain below to make sure you understand the terms in the food chain.
Animal Classification: Explore this site to learn what makes a mammal, well, a mammal! Learn more about warm and cold blooded animals and play games to test what you've learned.
A Touch of Class: At the top of your screen you will see a category. Your job is to click on everything that belongs in that category.