Science and the World We Live In

Third Grade Science

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Elementary Science Resources

 

LIFE SCIENCE STANDARDS

Cell Structure and Function

The student will investigate the structure and function of plant and animal cells.


 

Key

Reporting

Category

 

M

 

Use magnifiers to study the smaller parts of plants and identify their functions.

A

SF

Identify the part that belongs to a specific plant or animal.

PowerPoint on Plant Parts with Questions

Plant Parts Game

Plant Parts with a Salad

M

 

Use magnifiers to observe and describe what occurs when a plant loses a specific part (e.g., leaves, roots).

A

SF

Identify the part that is missing from a specific plant or animal.

PowerPoint Focusing on Plant Parts

Plant Parts Game

Plant Parts with a Salad

D

 

Recognize that smaller parts of organisms are essential to their well being.

A

SF

Identify the function of specific plant and animal parts.

Great PowerPoint on functions of Plant Parts

Plant Game

Closer Look at Plant Functions

Interactions Between Living Things and Their Environment

The student will investigate how living things interact with one another and with nonliving elements of their environment.

D

 

Examine an objectís characteristics to determine if the object is living or nonliving.

A

E

Distinguish between living and nonliving things in an illustration.

Video on Living and Non-living Things

Game on Living and Non-Living Things

Living vs. Non-Living Quiz

D

 

Explain how plants and animals depend upon each other and the nonliving elements of an environment to meet basic needs.

A

E

Select the plants and animals found in a specific environment.

Brain Pop on Ecosystems

Descriptions and Pictures of Ecosystems

The Great Ecosystem Match Up

A

E

Identify the sense used to collect specific information.

Activites to Demonstrate Senses

Explore Senses with Classroom Stations

Play Match up Game with Senses

D

 

Describe how environments are affected by various kinds of pollution.

A

E

Identify the environment that has been impacted by pollutants.

Brain Pop on Water Pollutants

How Do We Affect our Environment

Classroom Activities about Pollution

Food Production and Energy for Life

 The student will study the basic parts of plants, investigate how plants produce food, and discover that plants and animals use food to sustain life.

D

 

Explain how animals depend on plants to meet their need for energy.

A

SF

Identify the basic needs of plants and animals.

Game on Plant Needs

Needs of Plants

A

SF

Recognize that animals obtain their food by eating plants or other animals.

Great PowerPoint with Questions on Animal Groups

Food Chain Video

Play a Fishy Food Chain Game

I

 

Examine the major parts of plants and determine their functions.

A

SF

Recognize that plants use sunlight, water, and air for photosynthesis.

Magic School Bus Video on Photosynthesis

brain pop on Photosynthesis

Magic School Bus Investigates Photosynthesis

Heredity and Reproduction 

The student will understand the basic principles of inheritance.

D

 

Recognize that organisms develop the ability to reproduce as they mature.

D

 

Note similarities and differences between parents and offspring.

A

LC

Choose the diagram that depicts a parent with its offspring

Let's Play Find that Parent

Gallery of Photos of Parents with their Young

Game Matching Parents with Young

A

LC

Select the illustration that shows an adult organism.

Cool Activity with Life Cycle of a Butterfly

hands-on butterfly activity

Brain Pop on Metamorphosis of a Frog and Butterfly

D

 

Describe how an organism (e.g., frog, butterfly) changes as it matures.

A

LC

Select the illustration that shows how an organism changes as it matures.

PowerPoint Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Diversity and Adaptation Among Living Things

 The student will understand that living things have characteristics that enable them to survive in their environment.

D

 

Provide specific examples of differences among plants of the same kind.

A

E

Identify groups of similar organisms (i.e., plants and animals).

Great PowerPoint with Questions on Animal Groups

Jeopardy Game on Animal Groups

PowerPoint Game Sunken Millions on Animal Groups

Game on Animal Groups

How Different Animal Groups Get Oxygen

D

 

Specify the features that enable a plant or animal to survive in its environment.

A

E

Identify an organism that belongs in a specific environment.

Brain Pop on Ecosystems

Let's Play Find that Parent

The Great Ecosystem Matc

A

E

Identify the characteristics that enable a specific plant and/or animal to survive in its environment.

Camouflage and other adaptations games

Pictures of Animals with Adaptations in their Environment

Game on Animal Adaptations

Biological Change

 The student will understand that living things have changed over time.

A

LC

Identify an example, other than a dinosaur, of an extinct organism.

Brain Pop on Extinction

Pictures and Games about Extinct Species

Learn More about Endangered Species

A

LC

Identify evidence used to determine that an organism previously existed.

Fun Video on Fossils

Information and Questions about Fossils

Fossils You May Find

A

LC

Match the organism to the evidence for its former existence.

EARTH SCIENCE STANDARDS

 Earth and Its Place in the Universe

 The student will investigate the structure of the universe.

A

SC

Choose the appropriate tool for observing a specific distant object.

Hubble Space Telescope Exploring Telescopes

Ask an Astronomer

D

 

Recognize that planets are major features of the universe.

A

SC

Identify the components of the solar system (e.g., planets, moon).

Fun Facts about the Solar System

Awesome PowerPoint about the Solar System

Dwarf Planet Pluto

D

 

Explain how day and night result from the rotation of the Earth relative to the sun.

A

SC

Identify objects found in the day or nighttime sky.

Fun Facts about Asteroids, Comets, and Stars

A

SC

Identify the approximate time of day from a picture of the sunís position in the sky.

Fun facts about how the Sun helps us tell time

A

SC

Identify the four basic phases of the moon.

Look and Find the Moon Phases of this Month

Diagram of the Phases of the Moon

Atmospheric Cycles

 The student will investigate the relationships among atmospheric conditions, weather, and climate.

A

SC

Select appropriate clothing for a given weather condition.

Match Clothing With Weather Conditions

A

SC

Match the cloud type to a specific kind of weather.

Brain Pop on Clouds

Powepoint and Quiz on Clouds

Cloud information with pictures and song about clouds

Cloud Pictures for Identification Practice

D

 

Explain how changes in temperature, precipitation, wind speed/direction result in different weather conditions.

A

SC

Identify the season when given a description of weather, plants, and animals.

A

SC

Match temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and cloud conditions with different weather conditions.

Brain Pop on Weather

A

SC

Identify the appropriate tools to measure temperature and precipitation.

Great Powerpoint on Weather Tools

D

 

Use data to prepare an illustration of a specific dayís weather.

Earth Features

 The student will understand that the earth has many geological features that are constantly changing.

D

 

Compare and contrast a variety of different landforms and bodies of water.

A

ER

Identify the labeled part of a map or illustration as a continent, ocean, lake, river, mountain, or island.

Landforms Powerpoint

A

ER

Select the illustration that identifies a specific geological feature.

Landforms Powerpoint

A

ER

Identify a geological feature given specific information.

Landforms Powerpoint

Earth Resources

 The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earthís resources.

I

 

Explain the relationship between rocks and minerals.

D

 

Identify common types of rocks.

Brain Pop on Types of Rocks

D

 

Identify materials and resources that can be reused.

A

ER

Identify an object as natural or man-made.

 Lesson for Classroom on Natural/Man Made

A

ER

Recognize the properties used to identify specific earth materials.

Great Lesson on Properties

A

ER

Identify methods for conserving natural resources.

Brain Pop on Natural Resources

PHYSICAL SCIENCE STANDARDS

 Forces and Motion 

The student will investigate the effects of force on the movement of objects.

I

 

Describe the relationship between the amount of force applied to an object and the distance the object moves.

A

ME

Identify that an unbalanced force is needed to change the direction of an object.

Games on Forces and Objects

D

 

Recognize that objects move differently on different surfaces.

A

ME

Select how surface characteristics affect the movement of an object.

D

 

Recognize that magnets can move objects without touching them.

A

ME

Select an object that would be attracted by a magnet.

Brain Pop on Magnets

D

 

Describe how changing the position of an object affects a balanced system.

A

ME

Identify how weights affect a balanced scale.

Balancing a Scale PowerPoint

Structure and Properties of Matter 

The student will investigate the characteristic properties of matter.

D

 

Classify materials according to their physical properties.

A

M

Select an object according to a particular property.

A

M

Order objects according to a specific property (e.g., longest to shortest, heaviest to lightest).

A

M

Identify an object when given its properties.

D

 

Select and use appropriate tools to observe and measure the physical properties of materials.

A

M

Identify appropriate tools for determining the weight or length of materials.

 Which Measuring Tool Video and Game

Interactions of Matter 

The student will investigate the interactions of matter.

D

 

Explain how materials change their form, color, or texture when they are mixed, separated, or heated.

A

M

Identify the effects of mixing two types of materials (e.g., salt and pepper).

Chem4kids

A

M

Choose features associated with physical changes.

Brain Pop on Physical Changes

A

M

Identify methods for separating mixtures.

Separating Mixtures Online Lab Activity

Energy

 The student will investigate energy and its uses.

D

 

Analyze data to explain the heating and cooling of land, air, and water.

A

ME

Identify the source of the Earthís heat and light energy.

Brain Pop about the Sun

A

ME

Identify the illustration that demonstrates the effects of the sun on various materials.

 

I

 

Differentiate between pitch and volume.

A

ME

Identify how sounds are produced.

Brain Pop about Sound

 

 

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