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Food Chains 3rd Grade Unit Map
Transcript of Food Chains 3rd Grade Unit Map
Listening, Talking, Reading, Writing, Viewing & Visually Representing
Students will identify producers, consumers, and decomposers which are parts of the food chain. Students will read and discuss a book about producer, consumers, and decomposers. Students will then learn through play of Activity 1 with BINGO cards. Students will have homework which consists of observations of producers, consumers and decomposers.
Students will identify the difference between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Students will be able to sort pictures from group activity work sheet into the different categories of consumers. Students will complete another group activity and present their colleges of their sorted consumers. For homework, students are to journal 2 or 3 sentences of different consumers in their neighborhood.
Students will identify the different between prey and predator. Students will play an educational game similar to tag, but it is a prey and predator game. Students will not know what type of animal they are since their animal will be placed on their back. Students will be only be allowed to ask questions that are yes or now. Students will need to find a partner so they are in groups of prey and predator. Then students can play another game after similar to tag since they will know if they are a prey or predator. Students will also be expected to journal 2 or 3 sentences for homework of any observations of prey and predators in their neighborhood. Students will be able to provide answers for the need of prey and predators and how this is related to the food chain.
Teacher will begin thematic unit by reading out loud, "Who Eats What?: Food Chains and Food Webs" by Patricia Lauber. Students and teacher will complete a KWL before and after reading the book. Students will write in their learning logs. Students will create a thematic story by either writing a story, poem, or report for display.
Guided Reading & Presentations
Poetry & Food Chain
The teacher will clarify any misconceptions about poetry, if any. Teacher will read a poem from, "What's for Dinner? Quirky Poems from the Animal World." by Katherine Hauth. Teacher will then explain the how students must learn how to read poetry: tempo, rhythm, pitch, and juncture. The teacher will provide copies of two or three poems from Hauth's book. The teacher will then preform echo reading with the class (teacher/leader reads each line, and then the class repeats). The teacher may ask for a volunteer to be a leader for the second or third poem. Students can also pick a poem they would like to read for open mic at the end of each week.
Students will be introduced to the seven continents and five oceans. They will learn how to read maps and understand what the different colors of a map represent. Students will learn the song "The 5 Oceans" and "Seven Continents Song". Students will begin making paper mache globes for visual project. While working on paper mache projects students will watch videos while working from Animal Atlas.
Students will continue to work on paper mache globes while watching videos from Animal Atlas. Once students are complete, they will be taught to define and locate the following terms: Equator, hemishere (north, south, east, and west), prime meridian, the title of a map, map legend, compass rose, and intermediate directions. Students will also see different views from satellite from Google Maps.
Students will be taught how to read a grid map by understanding how to first read a grid map of their classroom. Students will receive a final assessment to be placed in students portfolio along with other finished assignments for the unit.
Teacher will read, "Grandfather Gandhi" by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus. The students will be informed of what country and continent the story took place in along with a brief history lesson about Gandhi.
Endangered & Extincted Animals and Human Races
Students will be assigned a role for the Reader's Theater section from the lessons for "Grandfather Gandhi". After students have had time to read through the script, students will perform the script at the end of the lesson. Again, students will be reminded that they can choose either anger or self-control, to either be light or lightening whose actions can either have negative or positive impact.
Students will work in groups and pick a story from the teacher's selection non-fiction books on food chains. Each group will present a summary of the book they read and will be expected to present a visual that is either drawn or from using pictures in the book. Students will write in their learning logs facts they have learned from their book.
Students will recall the story of
"Grandfather Gandhi". Teacher will share facts with students about animals that are endangered or extincted because they were killed for their fur, or ivory. As well as discuss how human races have become extinct because of hate and misunderstandings.