We are now implementing the New Next Generation Science Standards. Here is a link to the standards for Grade 3.
The main areas covered in 3rd grade are:
We begin our year learning the Science Process Skills.
I believe that our students must be emersed in Science in our daily instruction. I believe that they need inquiry based learning. I believe that they learn best by DOING hands-on experiments and investigations and I believe that they can direct their own learning with guidance.
My role is to ensure that situations, opportunities, experiences and discussions center around these beliefs so that all children aspire to learn more in the areas of the Sciences!
Our Science websites are color coded below. (Pink-Physical Science, Green-Life Science and Brown-Earth Science, Yellow- Weather)!
Our year long project with Journey North brought us a delightful surprise this week as our Symbolic Butterflies returned to us from their winter stay in Mexico! This was such an exciting project and provided wonderful, hands-on learning opportunities! We had just planted flowers in our butterfly garden last week so the timing of the butterflies' return was perfect!
We are still working on our endangered animal research. The students are so excited about sharing what they are learning from their reading and research! This is a perfect fit for our students because many of them showed a need in reading more INFORMATIONAL books and they have truly been working hard on this goal!
Our students have been working in groups to research a weather hazard and we published projects using various technology to share with our class. The students are using their speaking, listening and viewing skills to present their projects with the class. Some students chose to create a brochure, others created digital slideshows or digital posters using Biteslide and GlogsterEdu. Below are a few examples of the projects students have shared.
We begin our weather unit with group research and projects to help us better prepare for weather related disasters. We are going to be sharing out information with the classmates using various technology so watch for these projects to be shared on our website soon. The students have come up with some wonderful questions for inquiry learning on this unit and they are eager to find the answers.
We incorporated many facets of the Scientific Process in this experiment! We used OBSERVATION, PREDICTION, MEASUREMENT as we conducted a full BLOWN Science experiment (PUN INTENDED!!!) :) As we tested what would happen when we dropped a Mentos candy into diet coke. Then we used various sized bottles of diet coke, to compare the measurement of our results and make predictions on what we would discover in larger containers of diet coke. This is always a super fun experiment for my students, but we have added the element of the NGSS this year and it put a new twist on an old favorite!! Here are some video clips and pictures of our findings!! Science always ROCKS our socks!!! We then watched a video of Myth Busters to understand WHY this happened and to PREDICT some other variables that we could test later. (Such as a different pop, or a different candy, etc.)
The results in a small bottle. Up next, the results in a medium sized bottle.
and finally, the results in a large bottle.
We are starting a year-long study of life cycles with a butterfly migration project. We will be sending symbolic butterflies to Mexico and interacting through internet activities to learn about the life cycles of Monarch butterflies. The symbolic butterflies will return to us in the Spring, as they make their way back from their winter homes. This class has a large group of NATURALIST learners, so this should be a perfect project to match their learning styles! You can learn more about this project on our PROGRAM REVIEW page.
Here are a couple videos of our Predicting Experiment- we made predictions as to what we thought might happen when dropping a mentos candy into diet coke.
We participate in an online multi-cultural study through Journey North. We collaborated with a school in Mexico and sent symbolic butterflies to them. Then we watched online as our butterflies arrived at the sanctuary in Mexico in real time. We read online stories and viewed video clips to learn about the culture and the following spring, the students in Mexico sent our butterflies back to us. Below is a collage of our project.
Additional Links for Science Information
Layers of Earth
Rocks/ Rock cycle/ Rock on!
Matter States of Matter (solid,liquid, gas)
Plants plants time laps of plant growing
another time lapse of plant growing
Oct 20, 2008
We have observed the coolest change (metamorphosis) with our mealworms' lifecycles this week and we just had to take a picture of it to share. While changing from larva to pupa stage.......we witnessed Cole's when it was actually shedding it's exoskeleton and still had half of it's body in the shell. This was a first--in all the years that I've been doing this activity with my students, we've never had the pleasure of witnessing this process AS IT OCCURS. Science is so COOL!!!! Here's Cole's little guy in action--