3rd Grade Science:
Our four science units this year are below. Classes will rotate through the units and complete one every quarter.
Structures and Functions of Living Organisms-Shah
3.L.1Understand human body systems and how they are essential for life: protection, movement, and support.
3.L.1.1Compare the difference functions of the skeletal and muscular systems.
3.L.1.2Explain why skin is necessary for protection and for the body to remain healthy.
Force and Motion
3.P.1Understand motion and factors that affect motion.
3.P.1.1Infer changes in speed or direction resulting from forces acting on an object.
3.P.1.2Compare relative speeds (faster or slower) of objects that travel the same distance in different amounts of time.
3.P.1.3Explain the effect of Earth's gravity on the motion of any object on or near the Earth.
3.P.3.1Recognize that energy can be transferred from one object to another by rubbing them against each other.*
Human Body Links:
Foss Human Body Site
Joints in the Human Body
Learn the bones Game
The virtual Tour of the Skeletal System
Real Photos of the Skeletal System
Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection
3.L.2Understand how plants survive in their environments.
3.L.2.1Remember the function of the following plant structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments:
3.L.2.2Explain how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow.
3.L.2.3Summarize the distinct stages of the life cycle of seed plants.
3.L.2.4Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold water) and components (sand, clay, and humus) of soil determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival of many plants.
Soil and Rocks
Earth Skin Types
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
The Great Plant Escape
Down and Dirty
Soil Songs - Rock and Soil
S.K. Worm - Ask Questions About Soil
Geology for Kids - Looking at Soil
Grow a Plant From Seed
Fast Plant Life Cycles
Can You Grow Plants - interactive game
Plant and Flower Science Games
Honey Bee Body Printout
Bee Movie in The Stacks - Scholastic
Kirsten's Honey Bee Game
Teaching Kids the Importance of Honeybees
The Importance of Bees-purblack.com/the-importance-of-bees/
Earth in the Universe - Powers
3.E.1Recognize the major components and patterns observed in the Earth/Moon/Sun system.
3.E.1.1Recognize that the Earth is part of a system called the solar system that includes the Sun (a star), planets, and many moons and the Earth is the third planet from the Sun in our solar system.
3.E.1.2Recognize that changes in the length and direction of an object's shadow indicate the apparent changing position of the Sun during the day although the patterns of the stars in the sky, to include the Sun, stay the same.
Objects in the Sky Links:
Foss Sun, Moon, Stars Site
NASA Challenging the Space Frontier
Zoom Astronomy - Enchanted Learning
Current Moon Phase
Moon Quiz from National Geographic
Phases of the Moon for Kids
Sun and Moon Sites at KidsKonnect
Facts About the sun
Can You Find the Constellations?
Astronomy for Kids
Changes - Stingley
3.P.2Understand the structure and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change.
3.P.2.1Recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us, takes up space and has mass.
3.P.2.2Compare solids, liquids, and gases based on their basic properties.
3.P.2.3Summarize changes that occur to the observable properties of materials when different degrees of heat are applied to them, such as melting ice or ice cream, boiling water or an egg, or freezing water.
3.P.3.2Recognize that energy can be transferred from a warmer object to a cooler one by contact or at a distance and the cooler object gets warmer.**
Changing States of Matter (Water)
Matter Sorter Game and Cool States of Matter Video
Quizlet 3rd grade Science Physical Changes
Solids, Liquids and Gases Science Games for Kids
Changes In Matter Games & Videos (More Difficult Vocabulary)
Explorabots hands-on science activities that you can do at home