Grade 3

Primary Story – Sam and Alex Help The Forest

Sam and Alex Help the Forest is a rhyming story arc consistent with the reading level of the audience. The story is about the Forbidden Magical Forest where 2 children disobey and enter. The lessons centre around the Characteristics & Needs of Living things.  In this level Community is introduced to the students making them aware of their immediate surroundings in their Communities.


3.01 – Growth and Change Mind Map

The class has heard a lot of new words in the story related to plant life. Start the class off with a mind-map, where they can identify words used in the story, as well as their own prior knowledge.

3.02 – “Teosinte” How Corny Is That?

Identify ways in which plants are important to humans and other living things, taking different points of view into consideration for the students.

3.03 – Community Ecology

Go out and explore just like Sam and Alex did. Make notes about what’s in your area. Assess ways in which plants have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which human activity has an impact on plants and plant habitats

3.04 – Plant Menu Card

Each of the activities on the Menu allows the students to further their understanding of the issues the plants are having in the forest. Students assess ways in which plants have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which human activity has an impact on plants and plant habitats

3.05 – What’s the Difference?

Comparing plants to animals and plants to other plants will reveal the things plants need to stay alive, and how some need more resources than others (light, water, etc.).

3.06 – Energy Pyramid

Students will understand the role plants play in the energy pyramid, and it will help build their understanding of what plants need and how they affect the rest of the ecosystem. With this exercise the class begins to understand the relationships between plants in a forest.

3.07 – The Rule of Three

Some plants are not directly useful to humans or other plants. These species can cause harm to the environment they are in or to the humans who encounter them.

3.08 – Grow Your Own Bean

Starting the process of seeding and nursing a plant through its growth will help students experience what plants have to go through.

3.09 – Bringing It All Together

In small groups (two to three students) students will choose one of the activities listed in the handout “Wrapping It All Up”, then decide which one they would like to work on. Their final product should explain the issues related to the development and alteration of plants as it relates to the issues of the forest in the story.

3.10 – What To Do?

During the story, the plants and animal hint at what could be affecting them. Students are asked “After everything we have talked about and discussed with the experts, what do you think is the problem in the forest?”