Science News:The Massachusetts Science Standards are an adaptation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Please see the document below for the specific third grade standards covered.The following are units and activities that are completed in third grade in correlation with the above NGSS Standards.Term 1:Essential Questions for the Physical Science Unit(Motion and Forces, Electric and Magnetic Forces):How can you tell whether something is moving?How do Forces change motion?How do simple machines make work easier?Vocabulary:accelerate, balanced forces, direction, distance, energy, force, friction, motion, position, speed, unbalanced forces, work, electromagnet, attract/repel, North and South PolesDiscovery Museum:The students experiment with electromagnets.LEGO Education:The students are utilize their engineering skills to build various complex machines made up of simple machines (Gears, Wheel and Axle, Lever, Pulley, Inclined Plane, Wedge)
Essential Questions for the Earth Science Unit
(Weather and Climate):
How does weather change?
How does weather affect our lives?
What are the impacts of extreme weather?
How do climates vary in different regions of the world?
How do we research and learn about a topic?
air pressure atmosphere axis climate cloud
precipitation evaporation condensation
accumulation season weather wind
What is the Water Cycle?
Watch a video and test your knowledge:
Extreme Weather Research Links:
(Internet Explorer only)
Essential Questions for the Life Science Unit
(Parents and Offspring, Survival, Change in Ecosystems,
Learn from the Past/Fossils):
How are life cycles of plants similar?
How are life cycles of animals similar?
What affects an organism's traits?
How does being part of a group help an animal surviv
How do adaptations help plants and animals survive?
How do variations in traits provide advantages for survival?
How do changes in the ecosystem affect things that live there?
What happened to organisms no longer living on Earth?
What can we learn from fossils?
birth, instinct, offspring, variation, germinate,
life cycle, reproduction, inherit, metamorphosis, trait, adaptation, camouflage,
competition, hibernation, migration, pollution, mimicry, natural selection,
competition, predator, prey, population, ecosystem, migrate, organism,
accomodation, food chain, food web,
endangered, extinct, fossils, paleontologist, skeleton