Grade 3 Science

What your child will learn and do in Grade 3 Science

In grade three, students use their sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and designed world (man made)  to apply their thinking to scientific investigations and engineering design problems. As students build on their learning from K-2 , students form deeper connections between concepts; they do this through more independently using their science and engineering skills. Students are able to investigate and ask questions about their world, and are now able to begin analyzing their data using math and reasoning. Students construct explanations and arguments, using evidence (data) to explain phenomena (simple observable events)  how the real and the designed world work. These experiences provide access for all students to develop scientific literacy and awareness as young citizens. Activities in these areas include:

  • Making observations and asking questions about their environment

  • Making predictions based on observed patterns

  • Designing and conducting simple investigations and using standard tools to collect data 

  • Investigating the phenomena behind the forces of static electricity, gravity and magnetism on objects

  • Investigating how fossil (part of a plant or animal, or its shape, that has been preserved in rock or earth for a very long time) evidence help us understand plants and animals from long ago and present day 

  • Investigating how living things survive, adapt or become extinct because of their characteristics, behavior and possible environmental changes to their habitats

  • investigating the how changes in weather and climate patterns if different regions affect the living organisms that live there

  • Researching problems based on weather related challenges and explain the merits of the possible solutions 

Helping your child learn outside of school:    

Look for everyday opportunities to have your child explore scientific concepts.

  • Share and discuss how you solve problems and use measurement in your everyday life, such as while cooking, building, gardening, or caring for a family pet.

  • Observe the sky, during both day and night time. Talk about what you observe.

  • Conduct simple kitchen chemistry experiments with your child.

  • Plan and grow a vegetable or flower garden at your home, or place a birdhouse or bird feeder where to observe.

  • Plan and cook meals with your child.

  • Ask your child what they are figuring out and learning about in science. 

  • Ask your students what evidence, or reasons, they have for their ideas. 

  • Visit your local library regularly to check out books on science topics that interest your child.

  • Visit local nature centers, museums, and science centers.

  • Take a walk in a local park during all times of the year and observe the habitats of the local plants and animals.

  • Provide opportunities to use various tools when you are putting something together or building or fixing things around the home.

  • Encourage friends and family to give books or magazine subscriptions to your child as gifts.


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