Third grade marks an important time in children’s education as they transition from what is often known as the “lower grades” to the “upper grades.” It is a crucial period in students’ learning as they become more independent and mature learners. In 3rd grade, students progress from practicing basic skills to mastering them and moving on to further developing more complex skills. Third graders become more advanced readers, writers, mathematicians, and thinkers, digging deeper into topics and beginning to analyze what they learn. - Scholastic
3rd Grade Domains:
CC.3.CC: Counting & Cardinality
CC.3.OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
CC.3.NBT: Number and Operation in Base Ten
CC.3.MD: Measurement and Data
CC.3.NF: Numbers and Fractions
3rd Grade Mathematical Practices:
CC.3 - 12.MP.1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
CC.3 - 12.MP.2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively
CC.3 - 12.MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique reasoning of others
CC.3 - 12.MP.4: Model with mathematics
CC.3 - 12.MP.5: Use appropriate tools strategically
CC.3 - 12.MP.6: Attend to precision
CC.3 - 12.MP.7: Look for and make use of structure
CC.3 - 12.MP.8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
The Motion and Matter Module provides grade 3 students with experiences around physical sciences core ideas dealing with forces and interactions, matter and its interactions, and with engineering design. The anchor phenomenon for the first three investigations is motion. Magnetism and gravity are the phenomena investigated as students look for patterns of motion to predict future motion. The guiding question is what causes objects to move? Students work with magnets and paper clips, wheel-and-axle systems, paper air twirlers, and rotating tops. Students use their knowledge of science to enter the engineering design process and through the process refine their science understanding.
In the Water and Climate Module students learn that water is the most important substance on Earth. Water dominates the surface of our planet, changes the face of the land, and defines life. Weather is driven by the Sun and involves the movement of water over the earth through evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and runoff—the water cycle. Climate is determined in part by the amount of precipitation in a region and by temperature fluctuations. Human societies depend on water, and new technologies are being engineered to conserve and protect this natural resource, to provide for the needs of people around the world.
In the Life Science Modules students continue their study of life cycles as they observe the development of tadpoles to frogs.
Engineering & Technology