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Third Grade Science

SISD Standards


Science as Inquiry and Process

The student demonstrates understanding of the process of science by:

3.1 Asking questions, predicting, observing, describing, measuring, classifying, making generalizations, inferring and communicating

3.2 Observing and describing the student’s own world to answer simple questions

3.3 Using safety procedures in experiments (L)

Students demonstrates an understanding of the attitudes and approaches to scientific inquiry by:

3.4 Explaining and summarizing work orally and in simple writing to include simple graphs and/or charts (L)

3.5 Describing three specific observations, supporting their ideas with observations and peer review (L)

3.6 Answering “how do you know?” questions with reasonable answers

3.7 Using and explaining basic scientific vocabulary: question, observe, estimate, measure, experiment, safety, explore, predict, record, hypothesis, data, fact, model, brainstorm

The student demonstrates an understanding that interactions with the environment provide an opportunity for understanding scientific concepts by:

3.8 Observing local conditions that determine which plants and/or animals survive (L)

Concepts in Physical Science

The student demonstrates an understanding of the structure and properties of matter by:

3.9 Classifying matter according to physical properties (i.e., color, size, shape, weight, texture, flexibility)

The student demonstrates an understanding of how energy can be transformed, and conserved by:

3.10 Classifying materials as insulators or conductors (i.e., fur, metal, wood, plastic) and identify their applications

3.11 Investigating the effectiveness of different insulating and conducting materials with respect to heat flow and record the results. (L)

The student demonstrates an understanding of the interactions between matter and energy and the effects of these interactions on systems by:

3.12 Recognizing that temperatures changes cause changes in phases of substances (e.g., ice changing to liquid, water changing to water vapor, and visa verse)

The student demonstrates an understanding of motions, forces, their characteristics, relationships, and effects by:

3.13 Recognizing that objects can be moved without being touched (e.g., using magnets, falling objects, static electricity)

3.14 Simulating that changes in speed or direction of motion is caused by forces (L)

Concepts of Life Science

The student demonstrates an understanding of how science explains changes in life forms over time, including genetics, heredity, the process of natural selection, and biological evolution by:

3.15 Sorting Alaskan plants and/or animals using physical characteristics (e.g., leaves, beaks) (L)

3.16 Describing how some traits (e.g., claws, teeth, camouflage) of living organisms have helped them survive as a species

The student demonstrate and understanding of the structure, function, behavior, development, life cycles, and diversity of living organisms by:

3.17 Sorting animals and plants into groups based on appearance and behaviors

3.18 Observing and comparing external features of plants and of animals that may help them grow, survive, and reproduce

The student demonstrates an understanding that all organisms are linked to each other and their physical environments through the transfer and transformation of matter and energy by:

3.19 Identifying and sorting examples of living and non-living things in the local environment (L)

3.20 Organizing a simple food chain of familiar plants and animals (L)

Concepts in Earth Science

The student demonstrates and understanding of geochemical cycles by:

3.21 Recognizing that most rocks are composed of combinations of different substances

3.22 Describing the water cycle to show that water circulates through the crust, oceans, and atmosphere of Earth

The student demonstrates an understanding of the forces that shape Earth by:

3.23 Identifying and comparing a variety of Earth’s land features (i.e., rivers, deltas, lakes, glaciers, mountains, valleys, and islands)

The student demonstrates an understanding of cycles influenced by energy from the sun and by Earth’s position and motion in our solar system by:

3.24 Using recorded weather patterns (e.g., temperature, cloud cover, or precipitation) to make reasonable predictions (L)

3.25 Recognizing that objects in the sky have patterns of movement. The sun, for example, appears to move across the sky in the same way every day, but its path changes slowly over the seasons. (L)

The student demonstrates an understanding of the theories regarding the origin and evolution of the universe by:

3.26 Recognizing that objects appear smaller the farther away they are

3.27 Recognizing that objects have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described

3.28 Recognizing and using appropriate instruments of magnification (e.g., binoculars and telescopes) (L)

Science and Technology

The student demonstrates an understanding that solving problems involves different ways of thinking, perspectives, and curiosity by:

3.29 Identifying local problems and discussing solutions (L)

The student demonstrates an understanding that solving problems involves different ways of thinking, perspectives, and curiosity by:

3.30 Identifying local tools and materials used in everyday life (L)

The student demonstrates an understanding of how scientific discoveries and technology innovations affect our lives and society:

3.31 Listing the position and negative effects of a single technological development in the local community (e.g., fish trap, fish wheel, four-wheeler, computer) (L)

Cultural, Social, Personal Perspectives and Science

The student demonstrates an understanding of the dynamic relationships among scientific, cultural, social, and personal perspectives by:

3.32 Exploring local or traditional stories that explain a natural event (L)

 History and Nature of Science

The student demonstrates an understanding of the bases of the advancement of scientific knowledge by:

3.33 Comparing the results of multiple observations of a single local event (L)

The student demonstrates understanding that advancements in science depend on curiosity, creativity, imagination, and a broad knowledge base by:

3.34 Asking questions about the natural world

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Nick Higson,
Aug 18, 2011, 1:23 PM
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