In this ML-PBL 3rd Grade unit, students explore the question: Why do I see so many squirrels, but I can’t find any stegosauruses? Students observe squirrels in their community, plan and conduct investigations, and develop models to explain how the squirrels interact with other organisms in their environment to meet their needs for survival. Students create a model to explain that, as the environment has changed, some animals (e.g., mammals) were able to adapt and survive, while others (e.g., dinosaurs) died out.
Miller, E., Codere, S., Severson, A., Fitzgerald, M., Modaff, M., Palincsar, A., Krajcik, K. (2017). Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning, Michigan State University, CREATE for STEM.
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The Grade 3 unit is available as a free open education resource. The following link will direct you to sign up and request access to the Squirrels Unit Page on the Lucas Education Research webpage:
Why Do I See So Many Squirrels, but I Can't Find Any Stegosauruses?
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