3rd Grade Science Standards
Science As Inquiry
- Ask questions students can answer by investigating.
- Students plan and conduce a simple investigation.
- Students employ appropriate equipment, tools, and safety procedure to gather data.
- Students begin developing the abilities to communicate, critique, analyze their own investigations, and interpret the work of other students.
- Students describe and classify by more than one property
- Students observe and record how objects interact with each other.
- Students describe differences between solids, liquids, and gases.
Students will describe the movement of objects.
- Students will move objects by pushing, pulling, throwing, spinning, and dropping: and describe the motion.
- The students will describe changes in position of objects when moved.
Students will experiment with electricity and magnetism.
- Student demonstrate that magnets attract and repel.
- Students observe different organisms and compare and contrast how similar functions are served by different structural characteristics.
- The students compare basic needs of different organisms in their environment.
- Students will discuss ways organisms use their senses to survive in their environments.
Earth and Space Science
- The students collect, observe properties, and classify a variety of earth materials in their environment.
- The students experiment with a variety of soil types.
The students will observe and describe objects in the sky.
- The students observe the moon and stars.
- Students will observe and compare the length of shadows.
- The students discuss that the sun provides light and heat to maintain the temperature of the earth.
Science and Technology
- Students will identify simple design problems.
Students will apply their understanding about science and technology.
- Students will understand that the design process produces knowledge that can be used to solve problems and improve our world.
- Students invent a product to solve problems.
- Students work with others to solve problems.
- Students investigate like how scientists use tools to observe.
Science in Personal and Environmental Perspectives
- Students discuss the nutritional value of various foods and their contributions to health.
- Students discuss the safety involved in preventing injury by avoiding inappropriate risks and dangers.
- Students assume some responsibility for their own health, and the health of others.
Students will demonstrate an awareness of changes in the environment.
- Students will define pollution.
- Students practice reduce, reuse, and recycle.