Social Studies /Science

Social Studies: Roles, Rights and Responsibilities

Students understand that a relationship exists between a citizen’s role , their rights and their responsibilities. Respecting the views and rights of others is a component of citizenship in our democratic society.

Students practice respectful processes of civic interaction so they can develop a successful classroom community. In addition, students help create classroom rules, follow classroom/school rules and reflect on personal behavior. These processes allow third graders to develop and define their roles, rights and responsibilities. Ultimately, this learning is demonstrated throughout the year as students continue to follow community norms and rules in various settings.

Science: The Circle of Life

Students will understand that all living things have life cycles with unique stages. Students will also understand how the differences between life cycles of different organisms affect what the organism needs to survive.

Students will observe and collect qualitative and quantitative data about the life cycle of multiple organisms to determine the patterns that hold true for all species. Students will also address differences between organism life cycles such as length of time in each stage, number of stages, types of stages, and the description and purpose of each stage. Some organisms to consider: amphibians, reptiles, arthropods, warm-blooded mammals, marsupials, birds, fish, and plants. As a result of this unit, students will be able to compare and contrast the life cycles of multiple organisms (plants and animals) and draw conclusions about what the life cycle tells us about the organism’s needs throughout its life.