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Science (Grade 3)

In Grade 3, scientific exploration leads to a deeper understanding of scientific principles and the world. For more information see: A Framework for Science Education:

Scientific and Engineering Practices -skills needed to do science successfully

1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts – knowledge connecting the sciences

1. Patterns
2. Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
3. Scale, proportion, and quantity
4. Systems and system models
5. Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
6. Structure and function
7. Stability and change

Physical Science

Focuses on: Interactions of Forces

Life Science

Focuses on:Environmental Impacts on Organisms, Structure, Function, and Stimuli

Earth and Space Science

Focuses on: Weather, Climate, and Impacts

Engineering and Technology- Understanding how the human-built world affects your life   

In grades K-5, the core ideas for Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science are included in the Life Science, Earth & Space Science, and Physical Science standards


Department of Curriculum and Instruction:
Phone: 414-475-8179

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