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3rd Grade

The performance expectations I established by Next Generation Science Standards help third grade students formulate answers to questions such as: "What is typical weather in different parts of the world and during different times of the year? How can the impact of weather-related hazards be reduced? How do organisms vary in their traits? How are plants, animals, and environments of the past similar or different from current plants, animals, and environments? What happens to organisms when their environment changes? How do equal and unequal forces on an object affect the object? How can magnets be used?"

Third grade performance expectations, according to Next Generation Science Standards include PS2, LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4, ESS2, and ESS3 Disciplinary Core Ideas from the NRC Framework. Students should be able to organize and use data to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season. By applying their understanding of weather-related hazards, students should be able to make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of such hazards. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the similarities and differences of organisms’ life cycles. An understanding that organisms have different inherited traits, and that the environment can also affect the traits that an organism develops, is acquired by students at this level. In addition, students should be able to construct an explanation using evidence for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. Students are expected to develop an understanding of types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments. Third graders are expected to develop an understanding of the idea that when the environment changes some organisms survive and reproduce, some move to new locations, some move into the transformed environment, and some die. Students should be able to determine the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object and the cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other. They are then able to apply their understanding of magnetic interactions to define a simple design problem that can be solved with magnets. The crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; interdependence of science, engineering, and technology; and influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas.

In the third grade performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions and defining problems; developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas of Next Generation Science Standards.

    PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • PS2.A: Forces and Motion
  • PS2.B: Types of Interactions
    LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
    LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior
    LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
  • LS3.B: Variation of Traits
    LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
  • LS4.B: Natural Selection
  • LS4.C: Adaptation
  • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
    ESS2: Earth’s Systems
  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
    ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
  • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards

Third Grade Science

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were developed by the states in coordination with the National Research Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association and other key partners such as educators, engineers, cognitive scientists, and business leaders. You can help your child acquire a science education that adheres to the best NGSS practices by using free printable science lesson plans, science games, science fair ideas and science experiments for kids.

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