Weather and Climate for Third Grade: Students will learn about weather patterns and make weather graphs and weather charts. They will learn about forecasting the weather based on patterns. Students will design a solution to protect against natural hazards like floods or mudslides.
This resource is designed to meet the NGSS for 3rd Grade Weather and Climate.
This resource aligns with the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas of Weather and Climate, Natural Hazards, and Earth’s Systems. This NGSS unit is completely integrated with science, math, and English language arts.
This weather unit includes:
- using graphs and charts
- informational text passages
- text-dependent questions
- two slide shows
- two hands-on inquiry-based labs
- engineering activity
- answer keys
Teachers Love This Unit!
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This resource had everything I needed to make the unit successful! There was even a calendar of what to teach each day. I would definitely recommend this resource when teaching a unit on Weather and Climate!
Elizabeth ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied
An excellent resource for teaching about weather and climate. My students liked collecting data and making comparisons. Well-aligned with the standards.
All the Earth Science Standards for third grade NGSS are covered in this unit.
This resource is intended to be used face to face and is a printable resource. If you are looking for an online resource for distance learning on the same topic see Weather Distance Learning Third Grade
NGSS 3-ESS2-1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
NGSS 3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
NGSS 3-ESS3-1. Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.
This resource also addresses the third-grade science standards for Utah SEEd.
Utah SEEd Standard 3.1.1 Analyze and interpret data to reveal that indicate typical weather conditions expected during a particular season. Emphasize students gathering data in a variety of ways and representing data in tables and graphs. Examples of data could include temperature, precipitation, or wind speed. (ESS2.D)
Standard 3.1.2 Obtain and communicate information to describe climate in different regions of the world. Emphasize how climate patterns can be used to predict typical weather conditions. Examples of climate patterns could be average seasonal temperature and average seasonal precipitation. (ESS2.D)
Standard 3.1.3 Design a solution that reduces the of a weather-related hazard. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, develop possible solutions, analyze data from testing solutions, and propose modifications for optimizing a solution. Examples could include barriers to prevent flooding or wind-resistant roofs. (ESS3.B, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C)
This weather unit includes 5-E inquiry-based lessons, graphing and recording data, QR code research, nonfiction articles, response pages, interactive notebook flaps, and hands-on labs. Includes reading passages and comprehension questions for informational text. Students will be encouraged to read back into the text to answer the text-dependent questions. This resource also has two labs. One of the labs is on the water cycle and one lab is on using design solutions to combat a weather hazard. This resource also includes a quiz.
Science Topics Addressed:
- Difference between weather and climate
- Collecting Data
- Making Graphs
- Tools Used by Meteorologists
- Forecasting Weather
- Climate Zones
- Characteristics of Climate Zones
- Factors that Affect Climate
- The Water Cycle
- Comparing and Contrasting
- Cause and Effect
Science and Engineering Practices Used:
- Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information