The third grade performance expectation 3-LS2-1 asks
students to: “Construct an argument that some animals form groups that
help members to survive.”
In our third grade informational text for this performance expectation, Safety in Numbers! by Sarah Wassner Flynn, students learn about the ways animals stick together to stay safe. You can access the text here.
After reading the text, your class can build their own
ant farms to observe group behavior:
Safety in Numbers is found in, StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Way, a collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5 NGSS Performance Expectation. All texts in the collection begin with a phenomenon photo and are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can read the same content at their reading level. You can find out more about StarrMatica Texts: Science Your Wayhere.
Posted by Emily Starr on February 16, 2021UncategorizedComments Off on Phenomenon for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – 4-ESS3-1
4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
If you are teaching the Next Generation Science Standards and are looking for phenomena ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I like to think about phenomena as lesson starters. They are photos or videos showing an observable event in the universe and are used to get kids thinking, asking questions, and discussing their prior knowledge. For more information about using phenomena, there is a handy printable guide and video here: https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/phenomena
And now, on to our environmental phenomenon!
Imagine going to the gas station and filling your car up with
slimy algae instead of regular gas!
Does that sound weird to you? In many places in the world, new forms of energy,
like algae and other plants, are becoming more and more common. Soon we may not
find it strange at all that what powers our cars is the same thing that grows
in our backyards or ends up on our dinner plates!
Energy made from plants is called biofuel. Biofuels are made from freshly harvested plants. They are renewable because they can be
replenished quickly. They are also “clean” because they are grown using the
sun’s energy. Ethanol and biodiesel are two of the main biofuels that are used
in cars and trucks all over the world. Algae, along with plants like corn,
sugar cane, sugar beets, wheat, grass, and soybeans, are being produced for
biofuel. By the time algae is processed into fuel for cars, it isn’t slimy like
in the photo. But the energy inside this tiny plant packs a powerful punch! As
biodiesel, it can be used to power jet planes!
This excerpt is from the text: Plants Power Our Future by Michelle Negron Bueno. Plants
Power Our Future is found in, StarrMatica
Texts: Science Your Way, a
collection of informational texts written specifically to address every K-5
NGSS Performance Expectation. All texts
in the collection are written at six different Lexile levels, so all students can
read the same content at their reading level.
You can find out more about StarrMatica
Texts: Science Your Way here: http://www.starrmatica.com