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3rd Grade Informational Physical Science: “Bounce! Roll! Slide! Predicting Patterns of Movement

3rd Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This half day lesson plan is broken down into 4 separate segments (45-60 minutes each) addressing several ELA standards using printable Informational Text: “Bounce! Roll! Slide! Predicting Patterns of Movement” by
Jennifer Kaul. Your students will use close reading comprehension techniques (RI.3.1-3.4, 3.6, 3.8), complete a KWL, synthesize a nonfiction text identifying key details and new vocabulary, practice classifying mass, force, and speed, create a summary and create an illustration to match a nonfiction text.

  • Segment 1: students will take literal interpretation of informational text to evaluation and synthesizing.
  • Segment 2: students will complete a graphic organizer to classify multiple factors including mass, force, and
  • Segment 3: students will create and use three headings to write a summary of the informational text.
  • Segment 4: students will create a graphic organizer and complete an illustration of a chosen object in motion.

This physical science based nonfiction text addresses NGSS: PS2.A: Forces and Motion The patterns of an object’s motion in various situations can be observed and measured; when that past motion exhibits a regular pattern, future motion can be predicted from it. (Boundary: Technical terms, such as magnitude, velocity, momentum, and vector quantity, are not introduced at this level, but the concept that some quantities need both size and direction to be described is developed.) (3-PS2-2)

These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.