Earth's Systems

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

Performance Expectations

1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary
2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

A Peformance Expectation (PE) is what a student should be able to do to show mastery of a concept. Some PEs include a Clarification Statement and/or an Assessment Boundary. These can be found by clicking the PE for "More Info." By hovering over a PE, its corresponding pieces from the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts will be highlighted.

Science and Engineering Practices

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Analyzing data in 3â5 builds on Kâ2 experiences and progresses to introducing quantitative approaches to collecting data and conducting multiple trials of qualitative observations. When possible and feasible, digital tools should be used.

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information in 3â5 builds on Kâ2 experiences and progresses to evaluating the merit and accuracy of ideas and methods.

By clicking on a specific Science and Engineering Practice, Disciplinary Core Idea, or Crosscutting Concept, you can find out more information on it. By hovering over one you can find its corresponding elements in the PEs.

Planning Curriculum

Common Core State Standards Connections

ELA/Literacy

• RI.3.1 - Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. (3-ESS2-2)
• RI.3.9 - Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic. (3-ESS2-2)
• W.3.8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories. (3-ESS2-2)

Mathematics

• 3.MD.A.2 - Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l). Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve one-step word problems involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as a beaker with a measurement scale) to represent the problem. (3-ESS2-1)
• 3.MD.B.3 - Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step "how many more" and "how many less" problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. (3-ESS2-1)
• MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (3-ESS2-1), (3-ESS2-2)
• MP.4 - Model with mathematics. (3-ESS2-1), (3-ESS2-2)
• MP.5 - Use appropriate tools strategically. (3-ESS2-1)

Resources & Lesson Plans

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A team of teacher curators is working to find, review, and vet online resources that support the standards. Check back often, as NSTA continues to add more targeted resources.
•   By reading this book, students will learn about the basics of climate: what it is, how we measure it, and how we represent it on maps. The book defines differences between climate and weather, and helps students discover patterns in the Ear ...

• In this 5E lesson, students use monthly temperature and precipitation maps to determine average temperature and amount of precipitation in different locations. They then represent that information in tables and graphs. An interactive lesson for ...

• Using the Places page on the Arkive website, students can observe vibrant photos and videos of several different climate locations throughout the world.  These resources will spark student questions about climate and why climates are so differen ...

• In this lesson, students make a prediction about annual precipitation in their local area, and then use normal precipitation data for each month of the year from an internet source to create a bar graph of that data.  Normal is defined as a ...

• Students analyze NASA wind speed climate data using a line plot graph. The lesson includes guiding questions to help students understand the basic functions of a line plot. It serves as an introduction to analyzing data and climate data in gener ...

• This lesson provides an engaging way for students to investigate different climates from around the world. The teacher prints postcards from "grandma" along with graphs of climates from five different regions. Students must interpret the gr ...

• This resource acts as a climate data warehouse in the form of graphs and tables for cities across the US, a linchpin for any three-dimensional climate unit. The resource is not written specifically for educators. Its sister websit ...

• This resource allows students to observe and manipulate a wide variety of data sets on a world map. The weather/climate tab provides visual representations of climate data, but students can make other curricular connections as well. Students or teach ...

• The book, Sky Notebook, introduces students to the concept of collecting weather data to observe patterns. The book is written by a scientist who measures daily weather and records his observations in a notebook. The book allows students to examine t ...

• Students are expected to collect and graph weather data, then analyze historical averages to develop an understanding of the difference between weather and climate.

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• This page is used to help students in third grade track the weather on a daily basis. We spend time analyzing the weather we record, comparing the daily weather to the area's climate, and use the changing weather as a way to discuss the seasons.

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