Third Grade In Third grade, teachers introduce their students to the effects of climate change, focusing mainly on plants and animals. Students practice being stewards of the earth by brainstorming creative ways of helping the plants and animals adapt. 3-LS4-4: Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.*
Mr. Mapp's Class, Third Grade calculating Waste Free Lunch data
Fourth Grade In fourth grade, students answer the essential question, Essential Question: "How can natural resources be used to address human energy needs and how does their use affect the environment? Topics include: Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Water Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Fossil Fuels. Students also work on engineering ways to harness and convert abundant forms of energy like wind, light, and waves to reusable electricity. 4-PS3-4.Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
Fifth Grade In fifth grade, students gain a deeper understanding of their impact on the environment. Students focus on human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life, and how they affect the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air and even outer space. Students also explore how to help protect Earth's resources and environments. 5-ESS3-1.Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
Mrs. Markos, the TAD teacher for the THINKING AND DOING program at Fruitland Intermediate School, conducted a unit on Climate Science and the impact of climate change on our local economy, infrastructure, wildlife and agriculture. Their focus was on Colony Collapse Disorder.