I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand
“A scientist is a person who asks questions & tries different ways to answer them.”
What is a Scientist? By Barbara Lehn (1999)
Science Curriculum Overview
Throughout the year students will gain skills to observe closely, ask questions, wonder, use tools, collect data, use logical thinking, consider alternative explanations, record findings, share information, and build on past experiences to develop new ideas about the world and science.
Critical thinking and reflection will be completed in peer, group, and/or class discussions, as well as in student science journals. Refer to your child’s science journal to know what’s going on in the classroom on a daily basis.
Our classroom is an interactive classroom where students are directly involved in their learning and instruction. The learning is memorable, experiential, and will help impact all children with their future learning. Science is a subject that is around us day in and day out and in our classroom students will truly become immersed in their learning and take ownership of their accomplishments and understanding.
The third grade science curriculum focuses on three major areas: physical science, earth science, and life science. Here is a description of our four main units of study:
1. Energy (Physical Science)
The Energy Unit provides first-hand experiences in physical science dealing with energy and change. Students investigate electricity and magnetism as related effects and engage in engineering design while learning useful applications of electromagnetism in everyday life. They explore energy transfer through waves, repeating patterns of motion, that result in sound and motion.
2. Soils, Rocks, and Landforms (Earth Science)
Geology is the study of our planet’s earth materials and natural resources. Because they are so ubiquitous and abundant, they are often taken for granted. The Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Module provides students with firsthand experiences with soils and rocks and modeling experiences using tools such as topographic maps and stream tables to study changes to rocks and landforms at Earth’s surface. Click here for more on this unit.
3. Environments (Life Science)
The Environments Unit has four investigations that focus on the concepts that organisms have structures and behaviors, including sensory receptors, that serve functions in growth, survival and reproduction, and living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for their survival and the survival of populations. Click here for more on this unit.
Students gain experiences that will contribute to the understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change.