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Third Grade: Weather and Climate

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Driving Questions: What is typical weather in different parts of the world and during different times of the year? How can the impact of weather-related hazards be reduced?

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Third Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Caues and Effect

Cause and Effect

Events have causes that generate observable patterns.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Newton and Me


Houses and Homes

Houses and Homes

The Little Snowplow

On the Same Day in March

My Light

My Light

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 3-ESS2-1
  • 3-ESS2-2
    • #10 Weather Predictors (USI ESS) p. 57
    • #13 Coldest Winter Ever! (USI ESS) p. 69
  • 3-ESS3-1
    • No Probes Available for ESS3.B

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