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Curriculum

SCIENCE

This year in science we will explore the following standards and demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways:

Forces and Interactions

3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced
and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence
that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
3-PS2-3. Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic
interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
3-PS2-4. Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas
about magnets.*
 
Weather and Climate

3-ESS2-1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather
conditions expected during a particular season.
3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the
world.
3-ESS3-1. Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a
weather-related hazard.*
 
Life Cycles and Traits

3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but
all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits
inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar
organisms.
3-LS3-2. Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the
environment.
3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics
among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates,
and reproducing.
 
Ecosystems

3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms
can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the
environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.*
3-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and
the environments in which they lived long ago.
 
Engineering Design

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes
specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how
well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points
are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

SOCIAL STUDIES

MATH

We will cover many different topics in math this year.  It is an excellent idea to continue practicing these throughout the year to keep up on your math skills.  The topics we will be covering will be the following:

  • Numeration
  • Number Sense
  • Place Value
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Geometry
  • Time
  • Perimeter
  • Liquid Volume and Mass
  • Data

READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS​

Third grade is a big year where students will start reading to learn.  It is an excellent idea for students to read every night!  The best way to become a better reader is to read.

This year in reading we will do:

  • Author studies/book reports
  • Literature selections
  • Mini-Lessons: reading strategies, comprehension, story elements
  • DEAR time
  • Read Alouds
  • Reading Rounds