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    Life Science - Grade 3 - Structures of Life

    Overview

    The Structures of Life Module consists of four investigations dealing with big ideas in life science—plants and animals are organisms and exhibit a variety of strategies for life, organisms are complex and have a variety of observable structures and behaviors, organisms have varied but predictable life cycles and reproduce their own kind, and individual organisms have variations in their traits that may provide an advantage in surviving in the environment. Students observe, compare, categorize, and care for a selection of organisms. Students engage in science and engineering practices to investigate structures and behaviors of the organisms and learn how some of the structures function in growth and survival. Students look at the interactions between organisms of the same kind, among organisms of different kinds, and between the environment and populations over time.

    Planning for Engagement

    Planning for engagement with important science ideas 

    Background information about the unit, and what children think about the ideas need to understand an interesting phenomenon or anchoring event.

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    Eliciting Student Ideas

    Eliciting students' ideas

    Revealing the range of resources that students use to reason about a set of science ideas (working theories, everyday experiences, language), Activating their prior knowledge about the topic, and helping you to adapt upcoming instruction, based on how students reason about the anchoring event.  

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    Supporting Changes in Thinking

    Supporting ongoing changes in student thinking

    Providing experiences and guiding their explorations. The purpose is to help students develop new ideas to use in revising explanations and models for the anchoring phenomena. 

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    Pressing for Evidence-Based Explanations

    Pressing for Evidence-Based Explanations

    Providing experiences and guiding their explorations. The purpose is to help students develop new ideas to use in revising explanations and models for the anchoring phenomena. 

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    This entire unit guide is available for download as an 8 page 11 x 17 PDF document.