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3.2 Simple Machines
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This instructional plan combined Science SOL 3.2d and WIDA English Language Development Standards. The lesson includes several activity options. Note: Some images may not appear in the "Overview". To view all images in this instructional plan, click "download" at the bottom of the overview.

Subject:
ESL
English Language Development (ELD)
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VDOE Project Team
Katie Williams
Date Added:
07/26/2021
3.4 Adaptations
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This instructional plan combined Science SOLs 3.4b and WIDA English Language Development Standards. The lesson includes several activity options. Note: Some images may not appear in the "Overview". To view all images in this instructional plan, click "download" at the bottom of the overview.

Subject:
ESL
English Language Development (ELD)
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
VDOE Project Team
Elizabeth Schenkel
Date Added:
08/11/2021
ACSE Region III - Plant and Animal Life Cycle Stop Motion Video
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Students will create an artifact using computing systems to model the attributes and behaviors associated with a concept (e.g., day and night, animal life cycles, plant life cycles). Students are scientists (botanists, zoologists), who just found a new plant/animal in their chosen ecosystem. Their job is to introduce their new plant/animal to the scientific world! They will create a stop motion video to show their new plant/animal's life cycle.

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Data and Analysis
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Deborah Novalski
Katie Hornung
Jessica Sheidy
Laura Michaels
Acse Grant
Date Added:
02/12/2022
Candy Rainbow Cross-Curricular Activities
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 This science and math lesson uses coated candy and water to create a rainbow on a plate. It takes a popular internet activity and modifies it for the classroom. It's extended by having students hypothesize if other temperatures of water will work and if different colors of the candies run faster than others. It also meets the math SOLs because students can calculate the cost of the experiment and/or create graphs of the results of the experiments.  You could extend this activity into art or English writing by having students draw their rainbows or write about what they saw happening on the plate as a report writing. You could have them take it a step further and do a creative writing about what they think is at the other end of the rainbow. 

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Cross-Curricular
Mathematics
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Laura Brown
Date Added:
07/29/2020
Conserving Water at Home
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Water is a natural resource that is limited and needs to be conserved.  Students will collect data about how much water they are using at home, design a plan to conserve water, implement the plan, and again take data to determine their success.

Subject:
Mathematics
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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VDOE
Author:
Bambi Feighner
Date Added:
09/20/2023
Conserving Water at Home
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Description: Water is a natural resource that is limited and needs to be conserved.  Students will collect data about how much water they are using at home, design a plan to conserve water, implement the plan, and again take data to determine their success.

Subject:
Mathematics
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Anne Petersen
Date Added:
09/26/2023
Do Solids and Liquids Have Mass? PBA
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This assessment fulfills the requirement for a local alternative assessment for VAAP Science 3 Force, Motion, Energy, and Matter and Scientific Investigation. 

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Author:
Beth Hausler
Date Added:
09/11/2022
Extremely CUTE ANIMALS Operating HEAVY MACHINERY (3rd grade-Literacy, Science, Social Studies & Art)
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Teachers will be able to use this lesson virtually or in person! This Google Slide deck lesson can also be downloaded as a PowerPoint! Speaker notes are included which make it easy for teachers or substitutes to teach this lesson! Read Aloud: Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery *Literacy Objectives: 3.2d) Organize ideas sequentially or around major points of information using appropriate facts and relevant details *3.5 h) Draw conclusions using the text for support. i) Identify the conflict and resolution *Science: VA SOL 3.2: Simple machines and how they help us change the direction or size of a force. *Social Studies: VA SOL 3.1f: Relationships with multiple causes & effects. 3.1g: Making connections across time & place. 3.2: explain how the contributions of ancient Egypt have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language. Hampton Oaks Elementary School (Kari Nugent, Annie Schmidt, Lindsey Bruce, Melissa DiAscro, & Rebecca Fausett)

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Cross-Curricular
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Lesson
Author:
Katherine Nugent
Date Added:
04/19/2021
Grades 3-5 Design Challenge Common Rubric
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Grade 3 Science: Local alternative assessments, including performance assessments, are to be administered in place of the eliminated Standards of Learning test.  Appropriate testing conditions for the administration of local alternative assessments in Grade 3 Science are determined by the local school division.

Subject:
STEM/STEAM
Science
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Anne Petersen
Holli Cook
Date Added:
12/18/2020
Grades 3-5 Scientific Investigation Common Rubric
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Grade 3 Science: Local alternative assessments, including performance assessments, are to be administered in place of the eliminated Standards of Learning test.  Appropriate testing conditions for the administration of local alternative assessments in Grade 3 Science are determined by the local school division.  

Subject:
Science
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Anne Petersen
Holli Cook
Date Added:
12/18/2020
Grades 3-5 Scientific Investigation Rubric Student Version
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Grade 3 Science: Local alternative assessments, including performance assessments, are to be administered in place of the eliminated Standards of Learning test.   This rubric serves as a sample rubric to be shared with students.

Subject:
Science
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Anne Petersen
Date Added:
12/18/2020
Hidden in Plain Sight PBA
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To fulfill the requirements for local alternative assesments, students will create a performance-based assesment that shows their understanding of physical adaptations.  VESOL Standard 3S-LPS 5b

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Beth Hausler
Date Added:
07/26/2022
If I Built a House
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Hurricanes form in warm ocean waters and oftentimes destroy coastal cities due to severe flooding. You have been hired by the Army Corps of Engineers to build a house in Virginia Beach that can withstand the next hazardous Category 5 hurricane. Can your team plan and create a prototype house that will be protected from the impact of  flash flooding, severe winds and hail?

Subject:
Mathematics
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
VDOE
Author:
Rachel Christiansen
Date Added:
09/20/2023
Instructional Plan: Exploring Simple Machines Through Song and Movement
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Students will learn a song about the seven simple machines. Students will collaborate to use three simple machines to create their own inventions. They will perform and demonstrate what their inventions will look like using body movements. Students will then have time to reflect on their inventions, how they can be used, and illustrate them on paper.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
VDOE Fine Arts
Date Added:
08/17/2022
Mix Ups Grade 3(simple machines).docx
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The student will investigate and understand simple machines and their uses. Students are learning the purpose, function and environmental examples of simple machines in their daily lives. These comprehension “mix-ups” are a great way to monitor students’ understanding of the content along with checking reading comprehension.

Subject:
English
Force/Motion/Energy
Reading
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sandy Sullivan
Date Added:
10/28/2022
NASA eClips Ask SME Close-up with a NASA Subject Matter Expert:  Remote Sensing Scientist - Dr. Catherine Nakalembe
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Video Description:  In this close-up video, Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, Remote Sensing Scientist for NASA Harvest, shares her passion for helping farmers around the world through the use of NASA satellites to monitor crops from space to increase sustainability. She also describes how her love for hiking, photography, and travel supports her work.  Video Length:  2:09.NASA eClipsTM is a suite of online student-centered, standards-based resources that support instruction by increasing STEM literacy in formal and nonformal settings.  These free digital and downloadable resources inform and engage students through NASA-inspired, real-world connections.NASA eClips Ask SME: Close-up with a NASA Subject Matter Expert videos are professionally developed to capture a glimpse of NASA SME's personal interests and career journeys. Each can be used to spark student interest and broaden their ideas of the STEM workforce. Additional videos in this series can be found by searching GoOpenVA using "NASA eClips Ask SME".

Subject:
Career Connections
Earth and Space Systems
Impacts of Computing
Science
Material Type:
Visual Media
Author:
Betsy McAllister
Date Added:
04/05/2022