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In third grade, children begin to observe, experiment, and share what they have learned about the natural and physical world around them. By the end of Grade 3 science, children will be able to:

  • Organize and use data to predict what kind of weather will happen next

  • Develop an understanding of the similarities and differences in the life cycles of plants and animals

  • Understand inherited traits and how living things can adapt to their environment

  • Explain how differences in characteristics among members of the same species may provide advantages in finding mates, reproducing and survival

  • Plan and conduct investigations on the effects of forces on moving objects

  • Develop an understanding of how changes in the environment make an impact on organisms

  • Determine the cause and effect relationships of magnetic interactions


The order of the standards at any grade level is not meant to imply a sequence of topics and should be considered flexible for the organization of any course. 



Vertical Learning Progressions  


Descriptions of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices students are learning throughout their K-12 education. 


Sample Unit Progression


This year-long progression provides a sample vision for engaging students in meaningful, connected science learning. Unit samples offer examples of essential questions, phenomena, connections to prior learning, and a 3-dimensional narrative for what learning might look like in the classroom.


Bundled Standards Analysis

Examples of how to group standards based on common science ideas. Analysis is provided for each grouping of standards and is provided in a manner to support deep understanding of goals and expectations for the teacher and student. Recommendations are not intended to be an exhaustive listing of instructional possibilities.


Engagement Strategies 


Suggested instructional practices that engage students with figuring out science ideas.


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