"Ecosystem of a Tree" Mini Unit
This unit reflects inquiry-based learning and directly aligns with state standards and assessment anchors. Using "Project Learning Tree" as a resource, the unit involves science activities that introduce third graders to a small-scale ecosystem and encourage children to question the surrounding world. As students explore each activity, they attempt to answer topical questions and define key vocabulary. The answers to these topical questions provide specific examples of the overarching unit questions. Through answering both the topical and the overarching questions, students better understand the big idea that ecosystems involve complex interrelationships among living and nonliving things.
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