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Anchoring Phenomenon Routine for Third Grade Weather and Climate
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The Anchoring Phenomenon Routine is the launch to student investigation around the anchoring phenomenon. This phenomenon will be the one that students will describe and explain, using disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts in investigations. The Anchoring Phenomenon Routine will encourage thoughtful consideration of the phenomenon, initial models, connections to related phenomenon, discussions about the phenomenon and the creation of the KLEWS chart used for documenting student learning.
In an Anchoring Phenomenon Routine, ​students​:
● Are presented with a phenomenon or design problem
● Write and discuss what they notice and wonder about from the initial presentation
● Create and compare initial models of the phenomenon or problem
● Identify related experiences and knowledge that they could draw upon to explain the phenomenon or solve the problem
● Construct a KLEWS Chart
● Identify potential investigations to answer the questions on the KLEWS Chart, adding the questions to the chart

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network
Michigan Science Teachers Association
Date Added:
08/17/2020
Average Weather Conditions Formative Assessment
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This resource provides a short reading section with experimental data and a few questions about the text. It was created with standardized assessment in mind and aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Nathan Windel
Date Added:
09/24/2019
Be The Bee Virtual Field Trip and Educator's Guide
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Ever wonder how honey gets from the bee to the table? Join the Bee Cause Project and avid beekeeper, Ted Dennard, on this immersive 360 video to find out just how those amazing bees do it!  The National Honey Board has created an amazing look into the life of beekeepers and into the hive. We've created a lesson plan full of resources including science lessons, video links, and a full set of step-by-step printable cards for demonstrating the process of how honey is made! 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Education
Elementary Education
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
The Bee Cause Project
Date Added:
12/15/2020
Climate Science STEM Seminar Teacher Professional Development Template
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This resource is for teachers to develop their knowledge around climate science along with NGSS-aligned teaching strategies . Teachers can learn more about the following climate change impacts: coastal hazards, fire, human health, floods & droughts, agriculture and species & ecosystems. Users should reference the "STEM Seminar Slides_Template" as a guide for a daylong training and use the other materials as supplemental information and resources.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Becky Bronstein
Date Added:
07/01/2019
Elementary GLOBE: All Year Long
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Each student will keep a science journal during each of the four seasons. Students will record observations of the general outdoor environment they visit and then will make observations of one specific item from the habitat in each season. At the end of the school year, students will make comparisons of their seasonal drawings and share the results with the class. The purpose of the activity is to introduce students to the concept of using a science journal to record information, to have students use science tools to make scientific observations and to make observational drawings in nature and compare the results throughout the seasons. After completing this activity, students will know about seasonal changes in a particular habitat. They will learn how to make detailed observations, record their results, make comparisons, and share information using a standard format.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Flooding, Oh My!
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This is a 21 day unit on the topic of floods. Students will plan and prepare for what might happen in the event of a flood in our area. We have had floods in the past that have affected the Walterville School, its campus, and the surrounding areas. Using this as a springboard, students will discuss the effects of flooding, do research and interview family members who have experienced flooding, and then discuss possible ways to prevent significant damage on the buildings and surrounding areas. They will then design a barrier that could protect an area from damage for a period of time. Students will need materials to conduct experiments. We have listed these in the lesson plan. We have also included a trip to the Leaburg Dam so that students can learn about dams and their uses. We plan on teaching this unit in the fall.

Subject:
Hydrology
Material Type:
Assessment
Data Set
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Lane County STEM Hub
Provider Set:
Content in Context SuperLessons
Date Added:
09/29/2015
How Predictable!
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Students follow weather forecasts to gauge their accuracy and produce a weather report for the class. They develop skills of observation, recording and reporting.

Subject:
Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Jane Evenson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
PEI SOLS 3rd Grade Fire: Wildfires in Washington
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A change in climate over time has contributed to a significant increase of wildfires in our state. In this storyline, students will make the connection between changes in ecosystems and the interconnectedness of all things. Students will gain an understanding of combustion (fire triangle), and observe through data that certain conditions (humidity, temperature, fuel load, etc.) contribute to forest fires (fire environment triangle). 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/16/2020
PEI SOLS 3rd grade Fire: Wildfire in Washington (Spanish)
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Un cambio en el clima a lo largo del tiempo ha contribuido a un aumento significativo de los incendios forestales en nuestro estado. En este caso, los estudiantes harán la conexión entre los cambios en los ecosistemas y la interconexión de todas las cosas. Los estudiantes aprenderán sobre la combustión (triángulo de fuego) y observarán a través de los datos, que ciertas condiciones (humedad, temperatura, carga de combustible, etc.) contribuyen a los incendios forestales (triángulo del ambiente de fuego).

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Pacific Education Institute
Date Added:
06/21/2021
Patterns in Nature (2nd - 3rd Grade) Climate Activity
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In this lesson, students will compare weather and climate, explain patterns over time and make observations by creating a rain gauge.

NGSS: 3-ESS2-1

Time: 55 minutes

Materials: laminated patterns in nature photos (photos included), thermometer for the class, duct tape, data sheet, rulers, sharpies, scissors, empty soda bottles for rain gauages, pebbles

Subject:
Ecology
Physical Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Third Grade Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects-Weather
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The Third Grade Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects, Weather, uses the phenomena of extreme weather events.  It is part of Elementary Framework for Science and Integrated Subjects project, a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, North Central ESD, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects  can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. The EFSIS project brings together grade level teams of teachers to develop lessons or suites of lessons that are 1) pnenomena based, focused on grade level Performance Expectations, and 2) leverage ELA and Mathematics Washington State Learning Standards.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Measurement and Data
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Module
Reading
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Date Added:
06/04/2021
Using Air Quality Phenomena to Explore Ambitious Science Teaching Practices
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The materials in this collection provide the slides and handouts used for a three day, elementary teacher, professional learning event.  During this event, teachers practiced modeling their thinking about air pollution from recent Pacific Northwest fires.  We used this phonemena to explore ways to help students make their thinking visible (modleing the system) and track changes in thinking over time (summary tables).  We also worked on listening to student discourse to identify student ideas and consider moves to press on their thinking.  This was an NGSS pedagogy workshop series using air pollution as the phenomena to explore supportive teaching strategies. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Cheryl Lydon
Date Added:
11/05/2020
Weather: Farewell to Flodding
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In this unit of study students learn how patterns can be used to predict weather. They also learn about how climates vary in different regions of the world. Finally, students learn how to create a structure that can withstand weather conditions in different climates. This unit integrates nine STEM attributes and was developed as part of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership's Teacher Leadership Team. Any instructional materials are included within this unit of study.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Author:
Maureen Foelkl
Date Added:
05/25/2015
What Makes a Weed a Weed? (for 3-5 Educators)
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This professional development course consists of a series of workshops focused on NGSS-aligned & local phenomenon-centered curriculum, developed by IslandWood with funding from the OSPI ClimeTime Grant. It is currently structured to be delivered online and for Upper Elementary (3-5) educators. A slide deck and accompanying handouts are available to complement the course outline. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
World History
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Brad Street
Date Added:
06/19/2021