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Third Grade Science Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. G3.1S.C1.PO2: I can make a prediction about an investigation. 

  2. G3.1S.C2.PO1: I can demonstrate safe behavior and appropriate procedures (e.g., use of instruments, materials, organisms) in all science inquiry.

  3. G3.1S.C2.PO2: I can create a question, and plan an investigation around it. 

  4. G3.1S.C2.PO3: I can conduct simple investigations (e.g., related to plant lifecycles, changing the pitch of a sound, properties of rocks) in life, physical, and earth and space sciences. 

  5. G3.1S.C2.PO5: I can record data in an organized and appropriate format (e.g., t-chart, table, list, written log). 

  6. G3.1S.C3.PO1: I can make a bar graph, pictograph, and tally chart with organized data. 

  7. G3.1S.C3.PO3: I can check my prediction after an investigation.

  8. G3.1S.C3.PO4: I can generate questions for possible future investigations based on the conclusions of the investigation. 

  9. G3.1S.C3.PO5: I can record questions for further inquiry based on the conclusions of the investigation. 

  10. G3.1S.C4.PO2: I can describe an investigation in ways that enable others to repeat it. 

  11. G3.1S.C4.PO3: I can communicate with other groups to describe the results of an investigation.

  12. G3.2S.C1.PO1: I can identify how diverse people and/or cultures, past and present, have made important contributions to scientific innovations (e.g., John Muir [naturalist], Thomas Edison [inventor], Mae Jemison [engineer, physician, astronaut], Edmun Halley [scientist]. 

  13. G3.2S.C1.PO2: I can describe science-related career opportunities. 

  14. G3.2S.C2.PO1: I can tell how a system works (how components influence one another).

  15. G3.2S.C2.PO2: I can explain why a system will not work if something is missing or defective. 

  16. G3.4S.C1.PO1: I can describe the function of the following plant structures: roots - absorb nutrients, stems - provide support, leaves - synthesize food, flowers - attract pollinators and produce seeds for reproduction. 

  17. G3.4S.C3.PO1: I can identify living and nonliving things in an ecosystems.

Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. G3.4S.C2.PO1: I can compare life cycles of various plants (e.g., conifers, flowering plants, ferns). 

  2. G3.4S.C2.PO2: I can explain how growth, death, and decay are part of the plant life cycle.

  3. G3.4S.C3.PO2: I can examine an ecosystem to identify microscopic and macroscopic organisms. 

  4. G3.4S.C3.PO3: I can explain how plants and animals relate in different environments.  Producers-plants, Consumers-animals, Decomposers-fungi, insects, bacteria

  5. G3.4S.C3.PO4: I can describe how plants and animals cause change in their environment. 

  6. G3.4S.C3.PO5: I can describe how environmental factors (e.g., soil composition, range of temperature, quantity and quality of light or water) in the ecosystem may affect a member organism's ability to grow, reproduce, and thrive. 

  7. G3.4S.C4.PO1: I can identify how plants and animals adapt to their environment. 

  8. G3.4S.C4.PO2: I can describe ways that species adapt when introduced into new environments. 

  9. G3.4S.C4.PO3: I can cite examples of how a species' inability to adapt to changing conditions in the ecosystem led to the extinction of that species.

Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. G3.1S.C1.PO1: I can make questions about the properties of objects, organisms, and events in the environment. 

  2. G3.1S.C2.PO4: I can measure data.

  3. G3.1S.C3.PO2: I can understand collected data. 

  4. G3.1S.C4.PO1: I can explain an investigation using science vocabulary. 

  5. G3.6S.C1.PO1: I can identify the layers of the Earth: crust, mantle, core (inner and outer). 

  6. G3.6S.C1.PO2: I can describe the different types of rocks and how they are formed: metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary. 

  7. G3.6S.C1.PO3: I can classify rocks based on the following physical properties: color, texture. 

  8. G3.6S.C1.PO4: I can describe how fossils are records of past life forms. 

  9. G3.6S.C1.PO5: I can describe how fossils are formed.

Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. G3.3S.C1.PO1: I can describe the major factors that could impact a human population (e.g., famine, drought, disease, improved transportation, medical breakthroughs).

  2. G3.3S.C1.PO2: I can describe the beneficial and harmful impacts of natural events and human activities on the environment (e.g., forest fires, flooding, pesticides). 

  3. G3.3S.C2.PO1: I can identify the different tools and techniques that people use to solve problems

  4. G3.3S.C2.PO2: I can describe the development of different technologies (e.g., communication, entertainment, transportation, medicine) in response to resources, needs, and values. 

  5. G3.3S.C2.PO3: I can design and construct a technological solution to a common problem or need using common materials.

  6. G3.5S.C3.PO1: I can demonstrate that light can be: reflected (with mirrors), refracted (with prisms), absorbed (by dark surfaces). 

  7. G3.5S.C3.PO2: I can describe how light behaves on striking objects that are: transparent (clear plastic), translucent (waxed paper), opaque (cardboard). 

  8. G3.5S.C3.PO3: I can show how objects vibrate to make sound. 

  9. G3.5S.C3.PO4: I can demonstrate that the pitch of a sound depends on the rate of the vibration (e.g., a long rubber band has a lower pitch than a short rubber band). 

  10. G3.6S.C1.PO6: I can describe ways humans use earth materials. (Example: Fuel, building, materials, growing food,. . .) 

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