The Changing Seasons


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Most students can identify the seasons but are not always aware of the characteristics of each season.  They know that they must put on a coat in the winter and wear a hat in the summer but may not be able to recognize that plants, animals, and people adapt to the changing seasons in different ways.

Brainstorm with the class

  • Help students recall the names of the four seasons and list them on the board.
  • Discuss characteristics such as temperature, weather conditions, and how animals, plants, and humans respond to these changes.
  • Show students the pictures of different nature scenes and have them categorize them according to which season might be pictured and why.

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Let Plants Grow Your Curriculum

Earth Day and The Lorax

Written by Bree Chaput, a 2015 Galbraith winner from Wilfrid Laurier University.

This article consists of a series of lessons that show the integration between the grade 3 Science unit of Growth and Changes in Plants and Religion, Math (length, perimeter, and area), and Language around the big idea of Plants and Stewardship. This is certainly not all of the connections and opportunities for integration, but these are where my student inquiries led.

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Growth and Changes in Plants – Lesson

Written by Amrina Visram

Labeled PlantThe following two lessons are developed around the culminating mini marsh assignment that covers grade 3 specifics of the Science strand, Understanding Life Systems, Growth, and Changes in Plants. The first lesson is an introductory assignment where students independently create a plant from plasticine. This lesson touches on three curriculums: Science, The Arts, and Language.  Students will learn to properly label and identify the function of the plant parts. The assessment tool used for the first lesson will be a checklist to coincide with the worksheet expectations. The second lesson plan is the summative assignment where students work in groups of three to make final observations, measurements, conclusions, while identifying similarities and differences of the growth and development stages of the mini marsh plants. Students will be able to express the impact humans have on plant growth and present this knowledge to the class using a digital tool.  This lesson meets curriculum expectations from Science, Language, and Math. Two assessment tools are used, a checklist for self-assessment and a rubric for summative assessment.

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Cool Jobs: Green Science | Science News for Students

Scientists get at the root (and stem, leaf, flower, fruit and seed) of the relationship between plants and their environment


White spruce grow across northern North America, from Alaska to Labrador. As Arctic temperatures rise, spruce are spreading even farther north.

Even if trees cannot walk, they are still on the move.

In parts of the Arctic, entire forests are creeping northward. Luckily, ecologist Serge Payette is hot on their trail. Like the two other scientists we will meet here, Payette has spent decades trying to understand the often surprising ways plants influence their environment.

Together, these three experts are showing how plants don’t just colonize new surroundings, but also can warm and clean them. Some plants can even rid an area of any competing plants, using chemicals that continue to marvel scientists. As work by these scientists shows, plants do many things to interact with their environment — and ours.

Move on up

Across the Arctic, temperatures are rising faster than anywhere else in the world. As that happens, the tree line that marks where forests stop and the treeless tundra starts has been shifting northward. Payette is an Arctic plant ecologist who works at Université Laval in Québec, Canada. And he’s been studying how trees respond to this climate change in northern Canada. Read more …

via Cool Jobs: Green Science | Science News for Students.