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:
Or play this simulation game for students to take an active role in learning how group behavior helps members survive.
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 Way here.