STEM Instructional Materials

This unit engages students in using real data, text, and inquiry to answer the question How does the weather in the Arctic, Antarctica, and [insert hometown] compare? Students investigate how scientists study the Earth’s climate while experiencing activities that integrate NGSS Standards for weather and climate with Common Core ELA Standards.

Unit Overview

Grades: 3

Duration: 20+ Sessions


  • Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillaud
  • Internet access
  • World map
  • Vernier Probes to collect local data
  • Delta Science readers
  • Internet access
  • Antarctica: King of Cold books (printed)
  • White paper
  • Construction paper
  • Straws
  • Craft sticks
  • Cloth pieces
  • Clay
  • Beans
  • Tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Waxed paper
  • String
  • Foil
  • Cups
  • Cardboard bases
  • Push pins
  • Fan