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Grade-3 Science Course Outline

Grade-3 Science Course Outline

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In accordance with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards this course covers many types of science including physical science, biology, and earth science. The students start by reviewing the parts of plants and how they grow and change. Then they learn some new information about cells, how materials move through plants, and how plants reproduce. The students then move onto studying animals, including how they are grouped, how they use life-supporting substances, and how animals grow and change. The students learn about their senses and how their eyes, ears, nose, and taste buds work. Students will then learn about ecosystems; what they are, how they function, and how to protect them. Next the students expand on previous knowledge gained about how the Earth’s surface changes and the major parts of our solar system. They are introduced to new information about comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and the contributions of Galileo Galilei to astronomy. The students will then explore different types of energy such as light, sound, heat, and electricity. Finally, the students learn about the scientific method and use their knowledge to design and conduct an experiment.

1- Course Introduction

  • Welcome
  • Assessments
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest

2- How Plants Live and Grow

  • Introduction
  • What are the parts of plants?
  • Assignment: Parts of a Plant
  • What are cells?
  • How do plants get energy?
  • How do materials move through plants?
  • How do plants grow and change?
  • Essay: Plants React and Change
  • How do plants reproduce?
  • Handout: Picturing the Plant Life Cycle
  • Assignment: Picturing the Plant Life Cycle
  • Worksheet: How Plants Live and Grow

3- How Animals Live and Grow

  • Introduction
  • What are animals?
  • How are animals grouped?
  • Handout: Classifying Animals
  • Assignment: Classifying animals
  • Mammal, Bird, or Reptile?
  • Quiz: Mammal, Reptile or Bird?
  • How do animals use oxygen, water and food?
  • Quiz: Oxygen, Water, and Food
  • How do animals change?
  • How do animals change with the season?
  • Essay: A Migration Story
  • How do people grow and change?
  • Handout: Your Life Cycle!
  • Assignment: Your Life Cycle!
  • What are characteristics?
  • Worksheet: How Animals Live & Grow

4- Your Senses

  • Introduction
  • How can you learn about the world?
  • How do the eyes work?
  • Essay: A Life Without Sight
  • How do the ears work?
  • How do taste and smell work?
  • What is touch?
  • Handout: Senses Chart
  • Assignment: Sense Chart
  • How can you protect your senses?
  • Quiz: Your Senses

5- The Living Earth

  • Introduction
  • What is an ecosystem?
  • Assignment: Ecosystems
  • What lives in an ecosystem?
  • Quiz: Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore or Decomposer?
  • How do living things compete?
  • How do ecosystems change?
  • How do people change ecosystems?
  • Essay: Changing Ecosystem
  • How can people protect ecosystems?
  • Handout: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Assignment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Worksheet: The Living Earth

6- Earth’s Surface

  • Introduction
  • What are landforms?
  • Assignment: Landforms
  • How do landforms change slowly?
  • Essay: Landforms Changing Story
  • How do landforms change quickly?
  • How do rocks form and change?
  • Quiz: The Rock Cycle
  • What is the ocean like?
  • How do people affect the ocean?
  • Handout: Earth’s Surface
  • Essay: Oceans
  • Assignment: Earth’s Surface
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

7- Our Solar System

  • Introduction
  • Handout: Solar System
  • What tools do astronomers use?
  • What is our solar system?
  • What are stars?
  • What are constellations?
  • Quiz: Stars
  • What is the sun?
  • Essay: The Sun
  • What is the moon?
  • Handout: Moon Observations and Model
  • Assignment: Moon Observation and Model
  • What are the inner planets?
  • What are the outer planets?
  • What are comets, asteroids and meteoroids?
  • Essay: Solar System
  • Worksheet: Solar System Vocabulary
  • Who is Galileo Galilei?
  • Essay: Galileo Galilei

8- Energy

    • Introduction
    • What is energy?
    • What is light?
    • How does light travel?
    • Quiz: Reflected, Refracted, and Absorbed Light
    • What is sound?
    • Handout: Sound Energy
    • Assignment: Sound Energy
    • What is heat?
  • Essay: Heat Energy
  • How is electricity used?
  • What is a circuit?
  • Essay: The Importance of Electricity
  • What is a magnet?
  • Handout: Magnetic Scavenger Hunt
  • Assignment: Magnetic Scavenger Hunt
  • Quiz: Energy

9- Properties of Matter

  • Introduction
  • What is mass?
  • What is volume?
  • Quiz: Measuring Mass and Volume
  • What is density?
  • Handout: Mass, Volume, and Density Lab
  • Assignment: Mass, Volume, and Density Lab
  • What are the states of matter?
  • How does matter change states?
  • Essay: Changing States of Matter
  • What are properties of matter?
  • Handout: States of Matter
  • Assignment: States of Matter
  • Worksheet: Properties of Matter

10- Scientific Method

  • Introduction
  • Make Observations and Ask Questions
  • Assignment: Make Observations and Ask Questions
  • Research
  • Assignment: Research
  • Create a Hypothesis
  • Assignment: Hypothesis
  • Design an Experiment
  • Assignment: Design an Experimentv
  • Record Data
  • Assignment: Data
  • Draw Conclusions
  • Share what you learned!
  • Assignment: Final Science Project
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

11- Course Evaluation

  • Handout: Course Evalulation
  • Assignment: Course Evaluation
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