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Unit 1 Parent Letter
Our third grade class will be using an exciting science program called Science 21,
which is activity-based and not textbook-based. Research has shown that true science
learning does not come from memorizing facts from a science textbook. Rather, good
science is learned through active participation, engaging students in inquiry-based, hands
-on experiences. Through Science 21 your child will be actively engaged in science
activities, learning how scientists ask questions and design experiments to find the
answers. Like scientists, your child will be working cooperatively, recording results and
sharing them with the rest of the class.
Whenever we begin a new science unit, we will be writing you to let you know what
we will be doing and how you can best support your child in learning the new unit. For
our first unit our class will be investigating what a scientist is and what a scientist does.
We will begin by looking at how scientists study unknown objects and materials. With
the acquired scientific process skills that the students have learned, they will then explore
how plants grow. We are hoping to make a number of connections between what we
study in class and what the students have at home.
We will be asking the pupils if they have a favorite plant, either inside or outside of
their home. They will be asked to draw and describe that particular plant and its parts.
They will also be asked the name or type of plant and any special needs it may have.
Any cooperation and information you can provide to help with this home/school
connection would be greatly appreciated. If you have internet access, do a search on that
particular plant and see what interesting new things you can discover about it. It is not
necessary to purchase a plant for this purpose; just identify one that already exists.
Thank you for your help in supporting your young scientist.
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