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Lesson Plan: Migration (Science - Grade 3)

Subject:  Science

Grade: 3

Lesson Objective: To learn what migration is and why and how animals migrate

Standard:  3-LS2-1.Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.




  • Why do you think animals move around?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Animals move around for different reasons.  Some of those reasons are to look for food, to find a place that is more comfortable or to look for a new home.
  • Migration is the movement of animals from one area to another due to the seasons.
  • Can you think of any animals that you know migrate?  (Allow the students to answer.  Make a list of the animals that they name on the board.)
  • Learning about migration can help us to understand about different animals and their needs.
  • It can also help us to contribute to the environment by either assisting the animals that migrate or by staying out of their way. 
  • Many hummingbirds travel long distances when they are migrating.  If you are in the path of a hummingbird migration, you can leave food out for them to stop and drink.
  • There are also other birds that migrate that could benefit from bird food being left out for them.
  • It is also important to understand that many animals migrate to find a better place to live and it is best to leave them alone when they are doing that.
  • You are now going to read about migration.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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