Rising 3rd Grade Science

Grade three science standards place increasing emphasis on conducting investigations. Students are expected to be able to develop questions, formulate simple hypotheses, make predictions, gather data, and use the metric system with greater precision. Making inferences and drawing conclusions also become very important.

In addition to these process skills, the grade three science standards also include the following topics:
  • simple and compound machines
  • basic understanding of matter
  • adaptations of animals for survival (behavioral and physical)
  • food chains
  • aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • diversity within ecosystems
  • soil (its importance and components)
  • patterns in nature (moon phases, tides, seasonal changes, the water cycle, life cycles)
  • natural events and human influences on the survival of species
  • sources of energy (renewable and nonrenewable)

Harcourt School  (Many SOL aligned lessons and  interactive activities can be found to support grade 3. You will find virtual demonstrations, a glossary of science vocabulary, and links that provide detailed information about science concepts.  Also,  be sure to check the grade level above and below.)

SciLinks  (This is a searchable site with a wealth of information about many science topics at all levels.)

Eduplace  (Many SOL aligned lessons and  interactive activities can be found to support grade 3. You will find simulations, vocabulary games and reading passages. Also, be sure to check the grade level above and below.)

Study Jams (Find over 200 "jams" about many science topics.)

Picture Perfect Science Lessons (This site uses children's books to guide inquiry in grades 3 - 6.)

Science Museum of Virginia  (View information about upcoming events, exhibits, live demonstrations and films. Instructional videos and blogs are also included on this site.)

Pocahontas State Park  (Includes a wealth of  information about Chesterfield's state park.  The site showcases upcoming events, trail guides, guided nature hikes, campfire events, and family programs.) 

Rockwood Park Nature Center  (This site provides information about nature programs, animal displays inside their Nature Center, hiking trails, park and trail maps, and volunteer opportunities.)

Maymont Park  (This site provides information about the park's summer camps, daily activities, nature and visitor center, native Virginia wildlife exhibits, Children's Farm, specialty gardens, and carriage rides.  Summer camps are offered for children from preschool to grade 6.)

Lewis Ginter Botantical Gardens Children's Garden and Education (This site provides information about the Garden's family programs and events, Green Adventure Summer Camps, youth volunteer opportunities, natural world interactions in the Children's Garden, and descriptions of all the garden areas and conservatory.)

Children's Museum of Richmond  (This site provides information about the museum's exhibits, workshops for children, summer camps, special family friendly events, and a resource page specifically for parents.)