The Living Classroom Curriculum:Third Grade, PDF
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- Flower Power: Third graders learn about the reason for a flower and the anatomy of a flower and try to determine which flowers attract which pollinators. They also taste test different honey flavors based on which flowers the bees pollinated.
- World of Color: In this two part lesson, students review the Scientific Method as they experiment to see which wavelengths of light contribute the most to plant growth.
- Traveling Seeds: Students investigate the different methods of seed dispersal and work in small groups to design and test their own seed dispersal mechanisms.
- Three Sisters Garden: During the fall, incoming third grade students harvest and make measurements of the crops and participate in a garden scavenger hunt. In the spring, students apply what they have learned about intercropping as they design and plant a Native American garden as a gift to next year’s third graders.
- The Mighty Worm: Students become familiar with the anatomy of an earthworm and observe the role of the worm as a soil tiller by creating and monitoring a worm bin. The worms are eventually set free in the school garden to help produce fertile soil.
- What Good is Compost?: In this two part lesson, students are introduced to the science behind compost and conduct a scientific experiment to measure the impact of compost on plant growth.