Grade 3 - Lilly, Michael: Revision

Unit: Natural Selection

Science Stuff (from Standards document):

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

  • Many characteristics of organisms are inherited from their parents. (3-LS3-1)
  • Other characteristics result from individuals’ interactions with the environment, which can range from diet to learning. (3­ LS3-2)
  • (NYSED) Some characteristics result from the interactions of both inheritance and the effect of the environment. (3-LS3-2)

LS3.B: Variation of Traits

  • Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information. (3-LS3-1)
  • The environment also affects the traits that an organism develops. (3-LS3-2)

LS4.B: Natural Selection

  • Sometimes the differences in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. (3-LS4-2)


Essential Questions for Unit: 

1) What characteristics could be considered an advantage?

2) How does evolution influence natural selection through survival? -- Why is survival changed through the influence of evolution and natural selection?

3) How does the environment influence natural selection? -- How does co-existing help in evolution?

Big Ideas/Enduring Understandings for Unit:

1) Characteristics can be changed through generations.

2) The environment can help adapt certain traits.

3) Evolution happens through co-existing instead of individual existing. 

Performance Tasks for Unit: 

1) By the end of the lesson students will be able to design their own species that has certain characteristics/traits in order to survive in the environment of their choosing.

2) By the end of the lesson students will be able to adapt their species to survive in a different environment that they have created.

3) By the end of the lesson students will be able to write about why their species survived or didn't survive in the new environment.  

TCH 420 Fall 2018

TCH 420 Fall 2018

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