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Causal relationships

Note: This is Activity 3 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose: To bring awareness about how rainforests play a critical role in maintaining water cycles globally. Procedure: Pairing students together and having each pair choose which question they would like to teach the class…

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Ecosystem books

Vervet monkey animal book Students can choose an ecosystem and research information, construct their own writing based on the information they have researched, and illustrate their own pictures. Procedure: Useful files/links: Completed Student Examples 3rd grade student book examples Wetlands – Bobcat Wetlands – Brush…

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Comparing water cycles

Note: This is Activity 2 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose:  To appreciate the difference in the amount of precipitation between rainforest regions and students’ location. Materials:  Access to the Internet, pencil, recycled sustainable notebook paper, graphing paper, poster board, markers, crayons,…

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Sort and Classify

This activity is part of the lesson on exploring ecosystems. Sea nettle, a type of jellyfish. Students will engage in sorting biotic and abiotic things. They will also classify the animals (vertebrate, invertebrate) and plants within a particular ecosystem. Purpose: To build awareness and understanding about…

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Exploring Ecosystems

By Lisa Algee 3rd-5th Grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 3 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 1, 2 and 4 here (click relevant link). Lesson 3: Exploring ecosystems (a) Root…

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Water cycle mobile

Note: This is Activity 1 of the water cycle lesson for grades 3–5. Purpose:  To solidify the stages of the water cycle by creating colorful mobiles that will be showcased in the classroom for parents to see. Materials:  Recycled paper plates or construction paper, markers, crayons,…

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The water cycle

By Lisa Algee 3rd–5th grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 1 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 2, 3 and 4 here (click relevant link). Overview Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is…

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Scientific inquiry in local ecosystems

Created by Lisa Algee 3rd-5th Grade (upper elementary/primary) Note: This is lesson 4 in a 4-part series on the water cycle, photosynthesis, exploring ecosystems, and scientific inquiry in local ecosystems. Find lessons 1, 2 and 3 here (click relevant link). This scientific inquiry is geared…

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