Coastal Redwoods of California
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identify specific adaptations that allow redwoods to survive well in their environments
use evidence collected to construct an explanation of how redwoods survive in their coastal environments
gain appreciation for redwoods, a species unique to California
How are coastal redwoods able to grow so tall and live for so long when most other trees can't? As scientists, students solve the mystery of these giant trees. Through investigation rotations, students collect evidence of redwood adaptations. Each station provides an elevated hands-on experience through a series of scientific skills. By comparing redwoods with pine, students can identify how resilient redwoods are with pests, fire and in their coastal environment. Through turn and talks and facilitated discussions, students discover what is so unique about these giants and the environments we share with them.
Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI)
- LS4.C: Adaptation: For any particular environment, some kinds of organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
Science and Engineering Practice
- 3-LS4-2. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions: Use evidence (e.g., observations, patterns) to construct an explanation.
Related Performance Expectation (PE)*
- 3-LS4-3: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
*Remember, performance expectations are not a set of instructional or assessment tasks. This field trip activity is just one of many that could help prepare your students to perform the following hypothetical tasks that demonstrate their understanding.
Select a Monday or Tuesday as your preferred visit dates to improve your chances of getting a Redwoods program for your class.
This 45-minute program for 3rd grade classes from San Francisco schools is offered twice daily on Mondays and Tuesdays, once at 10:00 am and again at 11:15 am.
We recommend you plan a visit with a buddy teacher from your school!