суббота, 20 августа 2016 г.

Third Grade Science Stations

Third Grade Science Stations
Third Grade Science Stations

Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. Included are 8 science stations: Watch, Play, Investigate, Diagram, Read, Model, Explore, and Sort.

As an elementary teacher, science and social studies were the subjects I struggled to teach well. I put so much time and effort into making sure my students were receiving differentiated reading and math instruction that there was very little energy left to create materials for science and social studies with the same rigor. We also had a lack of materials for those subject areas, so they took more work plan. Can you relate?


This past year, a friend and I created these Third Grade Science Stations (link to TpT) that cover all the Next Generation Science Standards for Third Grade. Here are the domains and standards for each set of stations as well as links to each set.


Life Science

Life Cycles: Plants and Animals – NGSS 3-LS1.B

Ecosystems: Animal Group Behavior & Interactions – NGSS 3-LS2.D

Inheritance and Variation of Traits – NGSS 3-LS3.A and 3-LS3.B

Ecosystems and Biodiversity – NGSS 3-LS2.C and 3-LS4.D

Plants & Animals Long Gone – NGSS 3-LS4.A

Natural Selection & Adaptations – NGSS 3-LS4.A


Each set of science stations is built the same way with 8 separate science stations that approach the standard and topic slightly differently and require students to do a different kind of work.


Watch a Video – Students watch a video about the concept and answer questions.

Play a Video Game – Student interact with a video game about the concept. They then respond to questions about their experience.

Investigate – Students investigate the concept and answer questions.

Diagram – Students diagram about the concept and answer questions about it.

Read a Passage – Students read a passage and answer questions about the concept.

Model – Students model the concept and answer questions about their models.

Explore – Students explore the concept and questions about it.

Sort – Students do a sort about the concept and explain their reasoning.


Some of the stations include more than one activity or extensions. These are great for early finishers or students who want to dig a little deeper into the concept.


Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station:


  • short answer questions
  • fill-in the blank questions
  • task cards with short answers
  • task cards with multiple choice

All the variations are similar to one another, but require a different level of independence. The fill-in-the-blank is the easiest and perfect for your students who struggle with reading, especially if you provide them with a word bank. The short answer is the most difficult as it requires students to construct their own responses without much support.


Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are also encouraged to use their science journal via the task cards. Answer keys are included for all of the differentiated response formats.


Some activities also include a worksheet in addition to the differentiated responses. This worksheet is the “work” of the station. The differentiated responses require students to think broadly about the topic and concept.


In the photos below you’ll see examples of the four types of differentiated responses.


Below is information and details about each Science Station. The examples below are from the Ecosystems and Biodiversity Science Stations which address NGSS 3-LS2.C and 3-LS4.D and includes concepts such food chains, food webs, traits of organism change due to environmental changes, how animals affect their environment, invasive species, and biomes.


Vocabulary Cards


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. Vocabulary Cards come in two formats: three-part cards with the picture and word cards with the only the definition.

Included are two types of vocabulary cards. One set is is three-part vocabulary cards that can become a separate matching station, if you need 9 stations or if you have earlier finishers at some of the other stations.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. Vocabulary Cards come in two formats: three-part cards with the picture and word cards with the only the definition.

The other set of vocabulary cards are just the word and definition. These are great for a word wall or pocket chart that you display for the unit.


Watch a Video


In this station, students use a computer to watch a video about the science topic. Some videos need a computer and some videos can be accessed using a tablet or other device. Those that can be accessed via device also include a QR Code.


After watching the video, students answer questions about what they watched on the worksheets or in their science journals. The informative videos that we have chosen for these science stations go in-depth about the topic and concepts, but are also accessible to a wide range of student abilities.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. In the Watch station, students watch a video about the concept and answer questions.

For most science stations, we have provided two different videos to watch. You can let students choose which video to watch, assign one of the videos or have one video be an extra science station, if you need more options. Each video comes with it’s own set of differentiated responses.


Play a Video Game


Do your students love playing video games as much as mine do? Although I can’t promise that these videos will be as engaging as some games played at home, they will be educational!


In this station, students play a video game on the computer. The video game or the direction worksheet guides students through the game and has them respond to prompts along the way. At the conclusion of the game are differentiated reflection questions about the concepts learned in the game.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. For the Play a Video Game station, students interact with a video game on the computer and then answer questions about their experience.

Investigate


The investigations vary across science stations and topics. Generally the investigation includes a short text passage, hands-on activity, a worksheet to respond to the hands-on experience and differentiated questions.


In this specific investigation, students are exploring why certain colors of bugs get eaten more often than other colors of bugs. Not photographed are the differentiated student responses.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. For the Investigate station, students investigate the concept through an hands-on activity and then answer questions about the investigation.

Diagram


In the Diagram station, students create a diagram about the concept. There is often a reading passage as well as a worksheet to go with the activity.


In the Ecosystems and Biodiversity set of stations, students read about the Otter Food Chain, diagram it, then fill out a graphic organizer outlining the cause and effect relationship of each organism in the food chain. In addition to the worksheet are a set of differentiated responses.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. For the Diagram station, students create a diagram about the concept and answer questions about the diagram.

Read a Passage


In this section, students read a passage, usually 1-2 pages in length, about a topic related to the concept. The passages has subheads and most passages have pictures to accompany them. After reading the passage, students answer a set of the differentiated response questions. Pictured below is the full-in-the-blank response.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. For the Read station, students read a passage and answer questions about the passage.

Model


Model is another station that generally has a hands-on component to it, like Investigate and Explore. In Model, students either create or analyze a model related to the topic. Often there is a related text with the activity.


In this example, students read a couple paragraphs about deforestation and then identify which sentences describe the pictures that illustrate a rainforest, deforestation, and conservation. In addition to the activity are differentiated response questions in the formats above.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. For the Model station, students create a model of the concept and then answer questions about the model.

Explore


The explore station asks students to look at the concept and topic at a deeper level by exploring one aspect of it. The explore station will either have a hands-on activity or a reading passage with a worksheet that has students draw conclusions and explain their thinking. Like all the other stations, there are four ways to respond to the exploration.


In this particular station, students explore 5 different invasive species and explain what happens to the environment as a result of their introduction. Pictured is the worksheet as well as the differentiated responses.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. For the Explore station, students explore the concept in depth and answer questions about the exploration.

Sort


The sort station has students sort organisms or something related to the topic. The sort is often accompanied by a reading passage and may include additional reading on each sort card. The sort is available as a cut and paste activity like you see below as well as a full-color card sort.


In the picture, students sort organisms into different biomes using the picture and details in the bullet points. Not pictured are the differentiated student responses.


Third Grade Science Stations that follow the Next Generation Science Standards. For the Sort station, students sort pictures and/or text about the concept and explain their reasoning on the student response sheets.

You can purchase the Third Grade Science Stations on my web site or on Teachers Pay Teachers. There is a grade-level bundle, sets by standard, and each station is available individually as well.


Here are links to each set:


Life Science

Life Cycles: Plants and Animals – NGSS 3-LS1.B

Ecosystems: Animal Group Behavior & Interactions – NGSS 3-LS2.D

Inheritance and Variation of Traits – NGSS 3-LS3.A and 3-LS3.B

Ecosystems and Biodiversity – NGSS 3-LS2.C and 3-LS4.D

Plants & Animals Long Gone – NGSS 3-LS4.A

Natural Selection & Adaptations – NGSS 3-LS4.A


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