Third Grade Phenomenal Science


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Phenomenon & Focus Question

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Third Grade Unit 1

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Phenom: Clear, Blue Skies. How often do we see them in Michigan?

FQ: How are weather conditions and events measured, recorded and communicated to others?

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Phenom: Why don’t bananas grow in Michigan?

FQ: How do typical weather event patterns in a particular region affect where people decide to live and vacation?

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Phenom: Dwellings designed to withstand weather hazards.

FQ: How do weather patterns and hazards  influence the daily lives of humans?

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Third Grade Unit 2

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Phenom: A breaking pool shot (billiards)

FQ: How can someone breaking a billiards shot get more pool balls in the pocket?



2

Phenom: Discs Interact with Each Other without touching

FQ: What causes movement when objects are not touching?


3

Phenom: An electromagnetic crane

FQ: How can we solve a problem using magnets?

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Third Grade Unit 3

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Phenom: Some offspring do not look like their parents until they become young adults (butterflies, corn plants, maple seedling, frogs, etc)

FQ: How do different organisms change as they grow and develop from young to adult?


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Phenom: A litter of kittens have similar characteristics but don’t all look exactly the same.

FQ: Why do kitten litter mates (siblings) look like each other but are not exactly the same?



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Phenom: Some pumpkins can grow to be extremely large -  over 100 pounds!

FQ: How does a giant pumpkin become a giant pumpkin?


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Third Grade Unit 4

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Phenom: Prairie Dog Cities

FQ: Why do animals form groups?

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Phenom: Timelapse & Map of “habitat” changing from fall to winter (cornfield, woods, pond)

FQ: What happens to plants and animals in an area when winter comes?

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Phenom: Forest Fire

FQ: Why would MDEQ allow a forest fire to continue?