3rd Grade Science Standards

Kenadee Meditz

Science As Inquiry

Student will learn how to ask simple questions, completing an investigation, answering the question, and sharing the results with others.

  • 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.

Physical Science

Student will develop skills to describe objects.

  • 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.

Life Science

Students will develop knowledge or organisms in their environment.

  • 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 will develop an understanding of the properties of earth materials.


  • 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 work with a technology design.

  • 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

The students will develop an understanding of personal health.


  • 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.


History and Nature of Science

Students will recognize that students participate in science inquiry by asking questions.