Grade Three Science Curriculum 1

                                         GRADE THREE SCIENCE CURRICULUM

National             Topic                         Objective                     Vocabulary                 Resources
A. Scientific   Abilities          S.3.1 – Participates in simple experiments   Observe           Math Textbook
Inquiry         necessary to do    using observations and records data.         Record  
                scientific                                                               all topics

A. Scientific   Abilities          S.3.2 – Develops science inquiry skills      Estimate          AIMS
Inquiry         necessary to do    using computers, calculators, rulers,        Measure           Ranger Rick
                scientific         scales, thermometers, and microscopes.                         National Geographic
                inquiry                                                                           World of Science
                                                                                                  Your Big Backyard
                                                                                                  Science Magazine
A. Scientific   Understanding      S.3.3 – Recognizes that scientific           Question
Inquiry         about scientific   investigations involve asking and            Predict
                inquiry            answering a question and comparing the       Compare
                                   answer with what scientists have already
A. Scientific   Abilities          S.3.4 – Makes sketches and diagrams to       Diagram
Inquiry         necessary to do    explain idea.                                Chart
                scientific                                                      Table
                inquiry                                                         Graph
A. Scientific   Understanding      S.3.5 – Identifies and practices accepted    Safety
Inquiry         about scientific   safety procedures in manipulating science    Equipment
                inquiry            materials and equipment.
A. Scientific   Understanding      S.3.6 – Uses encyclopedias, science          Encyclopedia
Inquiry         about scientific   magazines, books, etc. to obtain             Magazine
                inquiry            information related to science concepts.     Media Reference
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B. Physical   Properties of   S.3.7 – Recognizes that objects have            Physical           Making Things Float and Sink
Science       Objects and     observable properties including size,           property           by Gary Gibson
              Materials       weight, shape, color, temperature, and
                              ability to react with other substances.
B. Physical   Properties of   S.3.8 – Recognizes the basic tools of           Measure         Matter by Christopher Cooper
Science       Objects and     science such as metric ruler, balance           Metric system   What is the World Made Of?
              Materials       scale, magnifying lens, etc., for               Balance         By Kathleen Zoehfeld
                              determining the measurable and                  Magnifying lens
                              observable properties of matter.
B. Physical   Properties of   S.3.9 – Recognizes that materials exist in      Solid    
Science       Objects and     different states: solid, liquid, and gas, and   Liquid             states_of_matter/index.html
              Materials       can be changed from one state to another        Gas
                              (i.e. evaporation, condensation)                Forms of matter    Justin and the Best Biscuits in
                                                                              Precipitation      the World by Mildred Pitts
                                                                              Evaporation        Walker
                                                                              Condensation       Chemistry by Janice Van

B. Physical   Properties of   S.3.10 – Recognizes that the state of           Melting point      Burning and Laughing by Peter
Science       Objects and     matter will change at freezing point and        Freezing point     Lafferty
              Materials       boiling point.                                  Boiling Point
B. Physical   Position and    S.3.11 – Recognizes the relationship            Force    
Science       Motion of       between forces and motion.                      Push               (force)
              Objects                                                         Pull     
                                                                              Potential energy
                                                                              Kinetic energy     Force and Motion by Peter
                                                                              Gravity            Lafferty
                                                                              Lever              Gravity by Janice Van Cleave
                                                                              Inclined plane
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B. Physical   Position and       S.3.12 – Recognizes simple, compound,        Simple machine   Machines that Build by Whit
Science       Motion of          and complex machines and their uses.         Compound         Fisher
              Objects                                                         machine          Make it Work! Machines by
                                                                              Complex          Andrew Haslam
                                                                              machine          Machines by Janice Van Cleave
B. Physical   Position and       S.3.13 – Recognizes that the motion of       Friction         How Things Work by Neil
Science       Motion of          objects is affected by friction.                              Ardley
B. Physical   Position and       S.3.14 – Recognizes that vibrating objects   Sound Energy
Science       Motion of          produce sound.                               Vibration
B. Physical   Light, Heat,       S.3.15 – Recognizes that magnets exert a     Magnetic field   Electricity and Magnetism by
Science       Electricity, and   force on certain materials.                  Magnetism        Robert Gardner
              Magnetism                                                       Magnetic poles

                                                                                               Electricity and Magnetism by
                                                                                               Margaret Whalley
                                                                                               Magnets by Janice Van Cleave
B. Physical   Light, Heat,       S.3.16 – Recognizes that the sun applies     Heat Energy      The Science Book of Energy by
Science       Electricity, and   heat and light energy to the earth.          Light Energy     Neil Ardley
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B. Physical   Light, Heat,       S.3.17 – Recognizes that light can be         Absorption of
Science       Electricity, and   reflected, refracted, and absorbed by         light
              Magnetism          different materials.                          Reflection of
                                                                               Refraction of
B. Physical   Light, Heat,       S.3.18 – Recognizes the characteristics       Speed of light
Science       Electricity, and   and behaviors of light energy and sound       Speed of sound
              Magnetism          energy.                                       Sound wave
                                                                               Light wave

B. Physical   Light, Heat,       S.3.19 – Recognizes that energy exists in     Solar energy     What’s the Big Idea, Ben
Science       Electricity, and   many forms.                                   Geothermal       Franklin? By Jean Fritz
              Magnetism                                                        energy
                                                                               Nuclear energy
                                                                               Fossil fuel
B. Physical   Light, Heat,       S.3.20 – Recognizes that heat can be          Conduction
Science       Electricity, and   produced and moves in many ways (i.e.         Convection
              Magnetism          burning, rubbing, mixing substances).         Radiation
B. Physical   Light, Heat,       S.3.21 – Recognizes that electricity in       Closed circuit   Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly
Science       Electricity, and   circuits can produce light, heat, sound and   Open circuit     Cleary
              Magnetism          magnetic energy.                              Electro-magnet   Switch On, Switch Off by
                                                                               Battery          Melvin Berger
                                                                                                Electricity by Janice Van
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C. Life   Characteristics   S.3.22 – Recognizes that all organisms are   Cell   
Science   of Organisms      made of one or more cells.                   Cell model       scienceclips/ages8_9/
                                                                         Cell diagram     science-8-9.shtml
C. Life   Characteristics   S.3.23 – Recognizes basic cellular           Group of Cells   Fern(The Green World) by
Science   of Organisms      structures that plant and animal cells                        Theresa Greenway
                            share.                                                        Plants(Kingdom of Life Series)
                                                                                          By Robert A. Alvin and
                                                                                          Virginia Silverstein
C. Life   Characteristics   S.3.24 – Recognizes the difference among     Cell tissue
Science   of Organisms      cells, tissues, organs, and systems.         Body Systems
                                                                         Organs of the

C. Life   Characteristics   S.3.25 – Recognizes that plants or animals   Vertebrate
Science   of Organisms      are grouped according to similarities and    Invertebrate     info/browse_topics/index.cfm
                            differences in their characteristics.        Plants that
                                                                         make seeds       Invertebrates by Alvin
                                                                         Plants that      Silverstein
                                                                         make spores
C. Life   Organisms and     S.3.26 – Recognizes the relationships        Ecosystem        The Reason for a Flower by
Science   Environments      among organisms in a specific ecosystem      Pollination      Ruth Heller
                            (i.e., pollination and seed dispersal).      Reproduction
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C. Life   Organisms and    S.3.27 – Recognizes that organisms can       Life processes
Science   Environments     only survive in environments where their     Habitat
                           needs can be met or where the organism
                           can adapt to the changes in the
C. Life   Organisms and    S.3.28 – Recognizes that there are           Structural
Science   Environments     characteristics that help organisms adapt    adaptation       interactives/class.html
                           and survive in their environments.           Behavioral       (animal classification)
C. Life   Organisms and    S.3.29 – Recognizes that fossils show        Fossil
Science   Environments     connections between organisms that live
                           in the present and those that lived in the
C. Life   Organisms and    S.3.30 – Recognizes that organisms can       Extinct          The Atlas of Endangered
Science   Environments     become extinct.                              Endangered       Animals by Steve Pollack

C. Life   Life Cycles of   S.3.31 – Recognizes that all living things   Life cycle       Ranger Rick’s Nature
Science   Organisms        have life cycles (including birth,           Developing
                           developing into an adult, reproducing, and   Reproduction     Scope: Incredible Insects
                           dying.                                                        National Wildlife Federation
C. Life   Life Cycles of   S.3.32 – Recognizes that reproduction is     Species
Science   Organisms        necessary for survival of a species.
C. Life   Life Cycles of   S.3.33 – Recognizes that certain             Inherited
Science   Organisms        characteristics are passed from parents to   Traits
                           offspring.                                   Physical
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C. Life         Life Cycles of    S.3.34 – Respects and values all forms       Conscience      Rosie, A Visiting Dog Story by
Science         Organisms         and stages of life.                                          Stephanie Clamonson
C. Life         Organisms and     S.3.35 – Recognizes that plants and          Producer
Science         Environments      animals serve different functions in their   Consumer
C. Life         Organisms and     S.3.36 – Recognizes that animals eat         Host            Animals Eat the Weirdest
Science         Environments      plants or other animals for energy and       Predator        Things by Diane Swanson
                                  may use plants or other animals for          Prey
                                  shelter/nesting.                             Ecosystem
C. Life         Organisms and     S.3.37 – Recognizes that there are           Ecosystem       The Great Ideas of Lila
Science         Environments      relationships among organisms in a           Symbiosis       Fenwick by Kate McMullan
                                  specific ecosystem.                          Parasite
C. Life         Organisms and     S.3.38 – Recognizes that organisms are       Environment     The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Science         Environments      impacted by their environment and are        Environmental   Into the Sea by Brenda Z.
                                  able to change with their environment.       impact          Guiberson
C. Life         Organisms and     S.3.39 – Recognizes the relationships        Food web        Who Comes to the Waterhole?
Science         Environments      within food chains.                          Food chain      By Colleen Stanley Bare

D. Earth and    Properties of     S.3.40 – Recognizes the differences          Natural         Janice VanCleave’s Ecology
Space Science   Earth Materials   between renewable and non-renewable          resources       for Every Kid by Janice
                                  resources.                                   Renewable       VanCleave
D. Earth and    Properties of     S.3.41 – Recognizes the components of        Soil  
Space Science   Earth Materials   the rock cycle and the forces that build     Sand            (soil)
                                  and erode rocks.                             Clay
                                                                               Erosion         Let’s Go Rock Collecting by
                                                                               Pressure        Roma Gans
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D. Earth and    Properties of     S.3.42 – Recognizes that Earth’s resources Reuse               The Magic School Bus: Inside
Space Science   Earth Materials   can be recycled and conserved.             Recycle             the Earth by Joanna Cole
D. Earth and    Properties of     S.3.43 – Identifies and describes general  Mineral   
Space Science   Earth Materials   characteristics of minerals.
D. Earth and    Properties of     S.3.44 – Classifies rocks into groups      Igneous   
Space Science   Earth Materials   according to the manner in which they      Metamorphic
                                  were formed.                               Sedimentary         Incredible Earth by Nick
D. Earth and    Objects in the    S.3.45 – Recognizes that objects in the        Planet          One Small Square, One Night
Space Science   Sky               sky have identifiable characteristics (i.e.,   Sun             Sky by Donald Silver
                                  appearance, location, and apparent             Star
                                  motion).                                       Constellation
D. Earth and    Objects in the    S.3.46 – Recognizes that there are             Rotation        Seeing Earth from Space by
Space Science   Sky               positional relationships of the Earth, the     Revolution      Patricia Luber
                                  Sun, and Moon (i.e. rotation, revolution,      Seasons         The Visual Dictionary of the
                                  and the effects of these positions.)           Day/night       Earth by Martyn Bramwell

D. Earth and    Objects in the    S.3.47 – Sequences the order of our solar      Solar System
Space Science   Sky               system’s planets from the sun.
D. Earth and    Objects in the    S.3.48 – Recognizes that the sun is a star                     I Didn’t Know the Sun Was A
Space Science   Sky               and stars are innumerable, unevenly                            Star and Other Amazing Facts
                                  dispersed, and of unequal size and                             About the Universe by Kate
                                  brightness.                                                    Perry
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D. Earth and    Objects in the   S.3.49 – Recognizes that the moon’s light   Phase 
Space Science   Sky              is reflected from the sun, the moon has     New moon        (moon)
                                 phases, and the moon has a 28-day cycle.    First quarter
                                                                             Full moon
                                                                             Last quarter
D. Earth and    Objects in the   S.3.50 – Recognizes the role of             Astronomer
Space Science   Sky              technology and careers related to the       telescope
                                 study of space.
D. Earth and    Changes in       S.3.51 – Recognizes that atmospheric       Weather
Space Science   Earth and Sky    conditions vary and can be measured.       Atmospheric      Works Michael Allaby
                                                                            Rainfall         Weather: Nature Company
                                                                            Humidity         Discoveries Library
D. Earth and    Changes in       S.3.52 – Recognizes that landforms and     Ocean            Weather (Eyewitness Books,
Space Science   Earth and Sky    water have effects on weather and climate. Lake             No.28) by Brian Cosgrove

D. Earth and    Changes in       S.3.53 – Recognizes the basic components Rainfall
Space Science   Earth and Sky    of the water cycle.                      Evaporation
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D. Earth and     Changes in       S.3.54 – Recognizes that the Earth              Atmosphere       Earth by Susanna Van Rose
Space Science    Earth and Sky    consists of solid rocks, soils, liquid water,
                                  and gases.
D. Earth and     Changes in       S.3.55 – Recognizes that the Earth’s            Erosion
Space Science    Earth and Sky    surface changes slowly (due to erosion          Weathering
                                  and weathering and various soil types)          Landslide
                                  and rapidly (due to landslides,                 Earthquake
                                  earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions)            Volcano
E. Science and   Abilities of     S.3.56 – Recognizes the sequence of five        Question
Technology       Technological    stages of the scientific process including      Hypothesis        (scientific method)
                 Design           stating the problem, designing an               Experiment
                                  approach, implementing a solution,              (collecting data)
                                  evaluating the solution, and                    Tabulating
                                  communicating the results through a             results
                                  design and a solution.                          Formulating a
                                                                                  Referring back
                                                                                  to a hypothesis
E. Science and   Abilities of     S.3.57 – Recognizes that science is one         Questioning
Technology       Technological    way of answering questions and                  Inquiring
                 Design           explaining the natural world.                   Researching
E. Science and   Understanding    S.3.58 – Recognizes that scientists, often
Technology       about science    working in teams, use tools to make
                 and technology   observations, measurements, and
                                  investigations and share these findings
                                  with others.
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E. Science and   Abilities to      S.3.59 – Categorizes all objects as either   Natural
Technology       distinguish       those occurring in nature or those that      Synthetic
                 between natural   have been designed and made by people
                 objects and       to solve human problems.
                 objects made by
F. Science in    Personal Health   S.3.60 – Demonstrates an awareness of        Food pyramid    Look Good, Feel Good by Liz
Personal and                       cleanliness and good nutrition and their     Sanitary        Swinden
Social                             effect on the human body.                                    Body: Make it Work! By Liz
Perspectives                                                                                    Wyse
F. Science in    Personal Health   S.3.61 – Demonstrates an understanding       Alcohol         Red Ribbon Week
Personal and                       of the dangers of alcohol and tobacco use.   Tobacco
Social                                                                          Drug
F. Science in    Characteristics   S.3.62 – Recognizes that changes in the      Natural         Yellowstone Fires: Flames and
Personal and     and Changes in    environment can occur naturally or can be    disasters       Rebirth by Dorothy Hinshaw
Social           Populations       influenced by humans (volcanic eruptions,                    Patent
Perspectives                       forest fires).
F. Science in    Characteristics   S.3.63 – Recognizes that some                Evolution
Personal and     and Changes in    environmental changes occur slowly and       Weathering
Social           Populations       others occur rapidly.
F. Science in    Types of          S.3.64 – Recognizes that resources are       Water
Personal and     Resources         natural and man-made.                        Wood
Social                                                                          Products
F. Science in    Types of          S.3.65 – Recognizes that the supply of       Conservation
Personal and     Resources         many resources is limited and can be         Pollution       browse_topics/index.cfm
Social                             extended through recycling and decreased
Perspectives                       use.
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F. Science in    Science and     S.3.66 – Demonstrates an understanding       Ethics
Personal and     Technology in   of ways technology has made discoveries      Morality
Social           Local           in science that should be questioned as to
Perspectives     Challenges      the rightness or wrongness of them being
G. History and   Science as a    S.3.67 – Recognizes that although men
Nature of        Human           and women using scientific inquiry have
Science          Endeavor        learned much about the objects, events,
                                 and phenomena in nature, much more
                                 remains to be understood.

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