African Safari - Grade 3

πŸ—ΊοΈ National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

πŸŽ“ Theme
NCSS.3. People, Places, and Environments 
πŸ“ Definition
Social studies programs should include experiances that provide for the study of people, place and environments.
πŸ”– Category
3.1. Knowledge
πŸ’­ Learning Expectation
3.1.5. Physical changes in community, state, and region, such as seasons, climate, and weather, and their effects on plants and animals.

🌍 National Geography Standards (NGS)

πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.PR. - Places and Regions
πŸ“ Standard
PR.4.The physical and human characteristics of places
πŸ”– Strand
PR.4.2. The Characteristics of Places: Places have physical and human characteristics
πŸ€” Benchmark
PR.4.2.A. Describe and compare the physical characteristics of places at a variety of scales, local to global, as exemplified by being able to
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PR.4.2.A.2. Describe and compare the vegetation in different places in the world (e.g., deserts, mountains, rain forests, plains).
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PR.4.2.A.3. Describe and compare the physical environments and landforms of different places in the world (e.g., mountains, islands, valleys or canyons, mesas).
πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.PS. - Physical Systems
πŸ“ Standard
PR.7. The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
πŸ”– Strand
PR.7.1. Components of Earth’s Physical Systems: There are four components of Earth's physical systems (the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere)
πŸ€” Benchmark
PR.7.1.A. Identify attributes of Earth's different physical systems, as exemplified by being able to
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.7.1.A.3. Identify examples of landforms on Earth's surface (e.g., mountains, volcanoes, valleys, plains).
πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.PS. - Physical Systems
πŸ“ Standard
PR.7. The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
πŸ”– Strand
PR.7.3. Physical Processes: Physical processes shape features on Earth’s surface
πŸ€” Benchmark
PR.7.3.B. Describe how physical processes shape features on Earth’s surface, as exemplified by being able to.
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.7.3.B.2. Describe the physical processes that shaped particular landform features using pictures of landforms such as canyons, mesas, and deltas.
πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.PS. - Physical Systems
πŸ“ Standard
PS.8. The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems and biomes on Earth's surface
πŸ”– Strand
PR.8.1. Components of Ecosystems: The components of ecosystems
πŸ€” Benchmark
PS.8.1.A. Identify the components of different ecosystems, as exemplified by being able to
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.1.A.2. Identify examples of each ecosystem component (e.g., pine trees versus grasslands, low versus high rainfall, clay versus sandy soils).
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.1.A.3. Describe local ecosystems by surveying and recording the properties of their components.
πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.PS. - Physical Systems
πŸ“ Standard
PS.8. The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems and biomes on Earth's surface
πŸ”– Strand
PR.8.2. Characteristics and Geographic Distribution of Ecosystems: The characteristics of ecosystems
πŸ€” Benchmark
PS.8.2.A. Identify and describe the characteristics of ecosystems
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.2.A.1. Identify and describe the characteristics of an ecosystem (specific types of plants, climate, and soil) in which a favorite or interesting creature lives.
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.2.A.2. Identify and draw pictures of different plants and animals in various local ecosystems (e.g., a pond, forest, city park).
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.2.A.3. Compare the characteristics of different ecosystems (e.g., pond, deciduous forest, coral reef).
πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.PS. - Physical Systems
πŸ“ Standard
PS.8. The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems and biomes on Earth's surface
πŸ”– Strand
PR.8.3. Characteristics and Geographic Distribution of Biomes: The characteristics of biomes
πŸ€” Benchmark
PS.8.3.A. Describe the characteristics of biomes, as exemplified by being able to
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.3.A.1. Describe the defining characteristics of a biome as a large region of ecosystems with similar climate and vegetation characteristics.
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.3.A.2. Describe the temperature, precipitation, and vegetation characteristics of various biomes, (e.g., deserts, grasslands, savannahs, temperate forests, tropical forests, arctic tundra).
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.8.3.A.3. Identify the characteristics in photographs of different types of vegetation and match them to the appropriate sections of a world climate map (e.g. cacti and succulents on a desert climate region, tropical forest trees on a tropical climate region, coral in shallow, tropical marine waters).
πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.ES. - Environment and Society
πŸ“ Standard
ES.14. How human actions modify the physical environment
πŸ”– Strand
PR.14.3. Consequences for People and Environments: The consequences of human modifications of the physical environment
πŸ€” Benchmark
PS.14.3.A. Identify and describe examples of how human activities impact the physical environment
πŸ’­ Expectation 
PS.14.3.A.1. Identify and describe the changes in local habitats that resulted from human activities.
πŸŽ“ Essential Element
NGS.UG. - The Uses of Geography
πŸ“ Standard
UG.18. Using Geography to Interpret the Present and Plan for the Future:
πŸ”– Strand
UG.18.1. Geographic contexts (the human and physical characteristics of places and environments) are the settings for current events
πŸ€” Benchmark
UG.18.1.A. Analyze geographic contexts in which current events and issues occur, as exemplified by being able to
πŸ’­ Expectation 
UG.18.1.A.3. Analyze a current environmental issue in the region (e.g., building or demolishing a dam, building or expansion of freeway system, creation of  parks and open spaces, regulatory legislation on industry to prevent further air, water, and land pollution) and describe ways in which people and the environment interact to affect the issue positively and negatively.

🧬 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

πŸŽ“ Strand
NGSS.3LS. Life Science
πŸ“ Title
3-LS2. Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
πŸ”– Performance Expectation
3-LS2-1. Students who demonstrate understanding can: Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
πŸŽ“ Strand
NGSS.3LS. Life Science
πŸ“ Title
3-LS4. Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
πŸ”– Performance Expectation
3-LS4-2. Students who demonstrate understanding can use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
πŸ”– Performance Expectation
3-LS4-3. Students who demonstrate understanding can construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
πŸ”– Performance Expectation
3-LS4-4. Students who demonstrate understanding can make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
πŸŽ“ Strand
NGSS.3ESS. Earth and Space Science
πŸ“ Title
3-ESS2. Earth’s Systems
πŸ”– Performance Expectation
3-ESS2-1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.

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