Information for Teachers
This investigation is linked to the following Grade 3 Next Generation Science Standards.
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
Scientists record patterns of the weather across different times and areas so that they can make predictions about what kind of weather might happen next. (3-ESS2-1)
Climate describes a range of an area’s typical weather conditions and the extent to which those conditions vary over years. (3-ESS2-2)
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
Populations live in a variety of habitats, and change in those habitats affects the organisms living there. (3-LS4-4)
How to search the internet
1 Keep your request short
Fewer words will give a more accurate search.
2 Choose exactly what you want
For example: Arctic Circle Climate
3 Use quotes
Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”
4 Use the plus sign (+)
If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal
5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want
Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search, –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.
6 Be very clear about what you don’t want
Ask questions and define problems
After reading The Land Where I Live, you may have many questions about the influence climate has on how people live.
List your questions
- Compare your list with questions that others have.
- Choose a question you would like to investigate.
- You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.
You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate
Q1. How is the place where I live similar to one of the places in The Land Where I Live? How is it different?
Q2. What is similar and what is different about living in the polar, tropical, and temperate places in The Land Where I Live?
Q3. Choose a place that has a very different climate or environment (e.g. living at high altitude, living in a desert, living on the sea) and investigate the questions.Go to Part 2 Investigate →
You may want to use websites to help with your investigations.
You can do searches such as:
After you gather general information, you can then search for houses, schools, work, food, clothing, and dangers in the place you are investigating.Go to Part 3 Record data →
Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.
Data Chart for The Land Where I LiveDownload Chart
Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →
Organize, analyze, and interpret data
1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.
Write some statements about your investigation. Try to write one sentence that covers the information in one part of your work.
For example: The things that people do in different climates are shaped by the weather.
2. Search for other patterns.
3. Makes notes about what you find.Go to Part 5 Present and share →