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Biology Program Goals and Objectives
Grade Level 3

About the Biology Program
All students will participate in the Barrier Island Ecology Course at the same time. Small groups of approximately twelve students together with a Sound to Sea instructor each start in a different habitat area and begin a rotation. This component introduces students to the five habitats (beach/ocean, maritime forest, freshwater pond, salt marsh, and sound/estuary), geological history, basic ecological concepts and general habitat study skills that are reinforced throughout the entire program. Sound to Sea instructors encourage exploration and present various ecological concepts (such as habitats, cycles, communities, populations, species, food webs, decomposition, etc.) as students discover concrete evidence that relates to that concept. As the groups explore each habitat, students observe the differences and make comparisons. The Habitat Study skills include: observation, measurement, data collection, and analysis and assessment of habitat conditions with respect to soil, air, water, wind, temperature, and human impact; and observation, identification, classification, mapping and representative sampling of species present within the habitat.

Main Curriculum Area: Science
Other Curriculum Area: Social Studies
Other Curriculum Area: Health Education

Grade Level: 3

Primary Goals and Objectives:
These objectives will be covered during all Biology Program classes. Some objectives are more specific to one habitat than another, so if your schedule does not allow you to take all offered classes, or if there are particular objectives that you want to make sure we cover, please let us know what your specific needs are.

Essential Standard 3.E.2

Compare the structures of the Earth's surface using models or three-dimensional diagrams.

Clarifying Objectives
3.E.2.1 Compare Earth's saltwater and freshwater features (including oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and glaciers).

3.E.2.2 Compare Earth's land features (including volcanoes, mountains, valleys, canyons, caverns, and islands) by using models, pictures, diagrams, and maps.

Essential Standards
3.L.2
Understand how plants survive in their environments.

Clarifying Objectives

3.L.2.1 Remember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: • Roots – absorb nutrients • Stems – provide support • Leaves – synthesize food • Flowers – attract pollinators and produce seeds for reproduction

3.L.2.2 Explain how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow.

3.L.2.4 Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold water) and components (sand, clay and humus) of soil determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival of many plants.


Essential Standards
3.G.1
Understand the earth's patterns by using the 5 themes of geography: (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and regions).

Clarifying Objectives

3.G.1.1 Find absolute and relative locations of places within the local community and region.

3.G.1.2 Compare the human and physical characteristics of places.

3.L.1.3 Exemplify how people adapt to, change and protect the environment to meet their needs.


Social Studies: Civics and Government

Essential Standards3.C&G.2

Understand how citizens participate in their communities.

Clarifying Objectives

3.C&G.2.1 Exemplify how citizens contribute politically, socially and economically to their community.

3.C&G.2.2 Exemplify how citizens contribute to the well-being of the community's natural environment.

3.C&G.2.3 Apply skills in civic engagement and public discourse (school, community)
Health Education
Essential Standard 3.MEH.1 Understand positive stress management strategies.


Clarifying Objectives
3.MEH.1.1
Explain how self-control is a valuable tool in avoiding health risks.

3.MEH.1.2 Classify stress as preventable or manageable.

Essential Standard 3.ICR.1 Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships.


Clarifying Objectives
3.ICR.1.1
Summarize qualities and benefits of a healthy relationship.

3.ICR.1.2 Plan how to show compassion for all living things and respect for other people's property.

3.ICR.1.4 Illustrate how to effectively and respectfully express opinions that differ.

3.ICR.1.5 Analyze situations in terms of the strategies used by people in those situations that help or hinder healthy relationships.

Essential Standard 3.MS.1 Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.


Clarifying Objectives
PE.3.MS.1.1
Execute combinations of simple locomotor skills and manipulative skills.

PE.3.MS.1.2 Apply basic manipulative skills while moving/traveling.

PE.3.MS.1.3 Execute mature form when combining locomotor skills with changes in direction.

PE.3.MS.1.4 Use variations of different locomotor skills with rhythmic patters and smooth transitions.

Essential Standard 3.MC.2 Understand concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement.


Clarifying Objectives
PE.3.MC.2.1
Illustrate how practice, attention, and effort are required to improve skills.

PE.3.MC.2.2 Integrate the essential elements of correct form for the five fundamental manipulative skills

PE.3.MC.2.3 Illustrate a variety of activities that are associated with four or more of the five components of health-related fitness

Essential Standard 3.HF.3 Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.


Clarifying Objectives
PE.2.HF.3.2 Identify enjoyable and challenging physical activities that one can do for increasing periods of time without stopping.

Essential Standard 3.PR.4 Use behavioral strategies that are responsible and enhance respect of self and others and value activity.


Clarifying Objectives
PE.3.PR.4.1
Use self-control to demonstrate personal responsibility and respect for self and others.

PE.3.PR.4.2 Use cooperation and communication skills to achieve common goals.

PE.3.PR.4.3 Explain the importance of working productively with others.

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