Grade 3 Curriculum Links

Big Ecological Ideas for Grade 3

  1. Waste from a community affects that community’s natural environment.
  2. Early Canadian settler communities had a much smaller impact on the environment than today’s consumer society. They used less energy and generated less waste.
  3. Composting is a way to recycle human food waste and garden waste so it can be used to nourish soil (and save the energy otherwise needed to transport it to landfill).

Curriculum Expectations:
Environmental Education Opportunities in Grade 3

science & technology: Understanding Life Systems – Growth & Changes in Plants (2007)

social studies: Canada & World Connections: Urban & Rural Communities (2004)
3z25 explain how communities interact with each other and the environment to meet human needs
3z41 describe ways in which they and their families use the natural environment (e.g., playing in the park, growing food, drawing on nature for water and energy [as a place to put their waste])
3z42 compare the characteristics of their community to those of a different community (e.g., with respect to population density, services, recreation, modes of travel to isolated northern and First Nation communities [recycling services]

visual arts: Creating & Presenting (2009)
D1.1 create two- and three-dimensional works of art that express personal feelings and ideas inspired by the environment or that have the community as their subject. Teacher prompt: “Let’s look at how artist Andy Goldsworthy uses natural materials in his art. How can you use the textures and shapes of sticks, leaves, or stones to express your ideas about the natural environment?”

science & technology: Earth & Space Systems – Soils in the Environment (2007)
1.1 assess the impact of soils on society and the environment, and suggest ways in which humans can enhance positive effects and/or lessen or prevent harmful effects
1.2 assess the impact of human action on soils, and suggest ways in which humans can affect soils positively and/or lessen or prevent harmful effects on soils
2.4 investigate the process of composting, and explain some advantages and disadvantages of composting (e.g., set up a pop-bottle composter in the classroom, and observe what happens over time)
3.2 identify additives that might be in soil but that cannot always be seen (e.g., pesticides, fertilizers, salt)

math: Data Management & Probability – Collection & Organization of Data (2005)

  • collect data by conducting a simple survey about themselves, their environment, issues in their school or community, or content from another subject.

math: Data Management & Probability – Data Relationships (2005)

  • Read, interpret, draw conclusions from primary data