Grade 3 Knowing Science continues to build on foundational knowledge and skills, based on experiences from their everyday lives that students could directly observe, investigate, and understand. Students at the third grade level begin to reason more abstractly and can therefore understand concepts that are not directly related to their daily existence. They are also better able to understand the value of the idea of the actual process that leads to a final product or explanation.
Topic and vocabulary-specific nonfiction reading passages are included in every lesson which requires students to respond to the text in a variety of ways; through note taking, graphic organizers, and different types of short responses. Embedded
engineering tasks allow students to keep track of their ideas and progress with a journal format.
Measurement in third grade briefly reviews standard measurement skills learned in K-2. This allows for independent application of measurement skills needed for investigations and design challenges. (All measurement lessons are aligned with
Life Science lessons on plant and animal life cycles build on foundational concepts and skills learned in first grade, while lessons on extreme weather (Earth and Space Science) build on experiences in observing and predicting weather patterns learned in kindergarten.
Other highlighted experiences in Life Science (LS), Physical Science (PS), and Earth and Space Science (ESS) are as follows:
- Experience the life cycle of a frog by observing and caring for tadpoles in the classroom as they progress to the adult stage (LS)
- Create models to show various forms of deed dispersal in plants (LS)
- Design and construct “hurricane houses” that are able to withstand simulated hurricane-force wind and rain (ESS)
- Design a solution that uses magnets or magnetic force to solve a simple problem(PS)
- Plan and conduct an investigation that demonstrates the effect of balanced and unbalanced forces on a given object (PS)