3rd Grade Curriculum

Theme: Habitats and Species Overview

Ten immersive lessons ranging from water and climate to habitats and species.

Students gain first-hand experience studying the rainbow trout life cycle through Trout in the Classroom.

This program culminates with the Lopez Lake trout release field trip and other hands-on activities.


Lesson 1
Water in Nature

Students identify different patterns of water in nature, and use natural materials to observe how water interacts with nature. This lesson involves getting the students outdoors.

Lesson 2
Water Moving in a Watershed

Students learn about watersheds and how water flows through them.  They will explore their surroundings for areas where flowing water can be found, and will determine how slope affects how fast water moves downwards.

Lesson 3
Local Natural Hazards

Students will learn about local weather-related natural hazards, such as wildfires and floods.

Lesson 3 Review Worksheet

Lesson 4
The Water Cycle

Students learn about the water cycle and run through an activity demonstrating how a water cycle works.

Lesson 5
Water Conservation

Students will learn about the importance of water and how water is stored locally in San Luis Obispo County.  They will also learn about droughts, water conservation and ways they can conserve water.

Lesson 5 Activity WorksheetLesson 5 Review Worksheet

Lesson 6

Students will learn about biodiversity by exploring local species found around their school and around Lopez Lake by using an online tool called iNaturalist. 

Lesson 7
The Story of Goldilox

Pre-Reading Worksheet Post-Reading Worksheet

Lesson 8
Local Habitats

Lesson Plan Lesson Plan – Spanish
Plant Answer Key Animal Answer Key

Lesson 9
Litter Timeline

Recycling can be very confusing–even for adults. This is because what can and cannot be recycled depends on where you live and where your recycling is processed. Recycling rules also change frequently as technology and local laws change. In this lesson, students will build on the knowledge about litter that they gained during their field trip. They will learn how long different types of litter can last in the environment and discuss some of the consequences of leaving litter in habitats.

Lesson CardAnswer Key

Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust & San Luis Coastal Unified School District Partnerships

“We appreciate the Miossi Charitable Trust and Creek Lands Conservation for helping San Luis Coastal Unified School District to engage students in outdoor nature experiences” -Kimberly McGrath, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at (SLCUSD)

“This opportunity to support SLCUSD at a level that can engage every student in learning to love and protect Central Coast ecology is in keeping with the legacy Harold J. Miossi wanted to leave” -Howard Carroll, Trustee of the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust

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