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Grade 3

Our lessons align with Next Generation Science Standards and National Science Education Standards.

Chocolate Rock Cycle Most Popular

Students will explore the rock cycle through relatable experiments.

Next Generation Science Standards: earth science, inquiry science
Skills: observation, logical thinking, sorting
Vocabulary: geologist, metamorphic, sedimentary, igneous
Circuits

Students build, compare and contrast series and parallel circuits and learn about resistors and insulators.

Next Generation Science Standards: physical science
Skills: experimenting, formulating models, inferring
Vocabulary: conductor, insulator, circuit
Earthquake Proof Home Most Popular

Students will discover how the earth relieves stress through volcanoes and earthquakes. They’ll put their engineering and architectural skills to the test by building an earthquake proof home.

Next Generation Science Standards: earth science, science as inquiry
Skills: logical thinking, problem solving, motor skills
Vocabulary: earthquake, stress
Engineer a Seed

Students will handle and observe a variety of seeds, discover why some sink, float and are carried by wind, then construct a seed from found objects that mimics a seed in nature.

Next Generation Science Standards: engineering as a skill, the concept of engineering
Skills: logical thinking, communication, problem solving
Vocabulary: seed dispersal
Groundwater Pollution and Erosion – 2 day lesson

Students will discover many ways ground water is polluted and the effects erosion has on the environment through hands-on experiments and keen observations.

Next Generation Science Standards: earth science, life science, ecology
Skills: experimenting, classifying
Vocabulary: run-off, erosion, ground water
Hovercraft Design

Students will make their own mini hovercraft using a CD and a balloon and investigate how the amount of air in the balloon affects how long the hovercraft hovers.

Next Generation Science Standards: science as inquiry, physical science and physics
Skills: fine motor, logical thinking, problem solving
Vocabulary: hovercraft, air cushion, friction, volume
Pinball Motion- 2 day lesson Most Popular

Students will discover then implement the engineering design process to design and build their very own working pinball machine.

Next Generation Science Standards: physical science, characteristics of engineering
Skills: classifying, communicating, identifying variables, creative design
Vocabulary: simple machine, force, motion
Rube Goldberg Machine- 2 day lesson

Students will implement the engineering design process to construct a working machine that completes challenges.

Next Generation Science Standards: physics
Skills: problem solving, fine motor, critical thinking
Vocabulary: force, inertia
Simply Static

Students will experiment with static electricity and learn the basics of electrons.

Next Generation Science Standards: physics
Skills: problem solving, critical thinking, logical thinking
Vocabulary: proton, neutron, electron, static, atom, ion
STEM a Bird Beak- 2 day lesson

Students will comprehend that birds have physically adapted in relation to their type of food supply and deduce what beaks are most efficient for given foods by experimenting with imitation beaks and creating beaks out of supplies.

Next Generation Science Standards: biology, engineering, science as inquiry
Skills: logical thinking, problem solving, critical thinking
Vocabulary: niche, adaptation
Stomp Rockets Most Popular

Stomp Rockets and Newton’s Laws of Motion
Students will explore air pressure, Newton’s laws of motion, mass, gravity by constructing working stomp rockets.

Next Generation Science Standards: science as inquiry, physical science and physics
Skills: fine motor, logical thinking, problem solving
Vocabulary: air pressure, Newton’s 3 laws of motion, gravity
Wind Power Rescue- 2 day lesson

Students will investigate wind as a source of energy. They will build a simple machine that will use wind to complete a task.

Next Generation Science Standards: science as inquiry, physical science and physics
Skills: fine motor, logical thinking, problem solving, critical thinking
Vocabulary: wind power, turbines, generators, kinetic energy
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