Our current unit of study is Life Cycles (Plant and Animals)
Over the next few weeks we will be studying plant and animal life cycles.  Through hands-on inquiry lessons and research we observe growth and development of seeds into plants. 

Important Content-Specific Vocabulary: dormant, germination, seed coat, embryo, cotyledon, sprout, seed, and organism



We will continue our study of life cycles with a focus on animal life cycles.
Content-Specific Vocabulary: reproduction, growth, simple life cycles, incomplete metamorphosis and complete metamorphosis.
        

Learning Objective for Life Cycles 
  • The student is expected to develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.    Animal Life Cycles
Standards addressed:
3.LS1.B.1  Growth and Development of Organisms: Reproduction is essential to the continued existence of every kind of organism. Plants and animals have unique and diverse life cycles.
3-LS1-1Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

                                                               

We will also begin our year long investigation about weather.  Students will begin to collect data about weather over a period of time.  This will help us begin to look at climate in different geographical locations.  As the year progresses we will also study natural weather hazards  and the impact they have on our lives.


Of course, science happens all around us everyday, so any opportunity you can ask your child about life cycles and their observations it will help reinforce their learning. I will say the students have been making some great connections to their everyday experiences!