3rd Grade Science Unit 1: What is Science?

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UNIT 1: WHAT IS SCIENCE INCLUDES

  • Lesson Slides: Simplified, engaging slides to introduce each scientific concept are used as an interactive activity to create meaningful class discussion.
  • Interactive Notebook: These pages are used to start a lesson to create purpose for learning, and to introduce new vocabulary and concepts. The bottom portion of the page has an activity that makes a great exit ticket.  
  • Sorts: The science sorts give students a hands-on activity to practice and collaborate. When the sorts are used in partner or group work it is a great way to spark content rich conversation. 
  • Lab Activity: Each hands on activity will follow the Scientific Method and create opportunities that will continue the practice that science is the process of asking and answering testable questions. 
  • Reading Passage and Review: The end of unit reading passage gives a paragraph version of each lesson. This is a great way to reinforce what has been taught and give students a quick reference while they are answering questions. 
  • Cross Word Puzzle: A vocabulary cross word puzzle is a fun way to review and remember vocabulary words from the entire unit. 
  • Unit Assessment: The unit assessment contains different question types to give the teacher, students and parents an idea of where the student is in their science mastery.

3rd Grade What is Science? Lessons

  • Day 1: How To Think Like A Scientist
  • Day 2: Observation and Inference
  • Day 3: The Scientific Method
  • Day 4: Tools Scientists Use
  • Day 5: Sharing and Communicating Data
  • Day 6: Lab Activity
  • Day 7: Review with Passage and Crossword Puzzle
  • Day 8: Unit Assessment

Each daily lesson and its resources are color coded making it easy to know what to use each day. 

Day 1: How To Think Like A Scientist

3rd Grade Science Interactive Notebook, Science notes and science cut and paste sorts

Kids are great at asking tons of questions! Using this lesson they will fine tune those questioning skills to think like a scientist in asking questions that can be investigated and tested. 

Day 2: Observation and Inference

Fire up this lesson by reviewing the five senses and how you can observe with them. Next, you will take students a step further by tapping into their background knowledge and inferencing. 

Day 3: The Scientific Method

Step by step….scientists don’t just do a little of this and that to see what happens. Teach your students the repetitive steps of the Scientific Method and how to apply this process to any topic. 

Day 4: Tools Scientists Use

The hands on part is always the most exciting and breaking out the tools to use is no different! Start with the basics and help your students master the different tools, what they measure, and the units of measurement. Accurate results matter. 

Day 5: Sharing and Communicating Data

I am sure when can all agree that when things are organized it is easier to find what you need. Data is no different. Share and show your students that accurate data that is organized is what supports your conclusion the best. Share that evidence!

3rd Grade Science Interactive Notebook, Science notes and science cut and paste sorts

Day 6: Lab Activity

Practice makes perfect so what better way to practice than with milk and cookies. By collecting a few different types of cookies and a small cup of milk (save them from breakfast or lunch at your school) follow the steps of the scientific method to see what cookies sink or float when placed in milk. Then enjoy a little treat. 

Day 7: Review with Passage and CrossWord Puzzle

Use this simple passage to put all of the ideas of each lesson together to review what you have learned. Practice vocabulary skills with a fun crossword puzzle. This is a great way to put it all together.  

Day 8: Unit Assessment

Give your students a chance to show what they know and have learned over the past seven days. 

Third Grade Science Unit with Editable PowerPoint Lessons, 3rd Grade Science Reading Passage with Questions

Sample Plan for Day 1 How to Think Like a Scientist

1- Give each student a copy of the interactive notebook page for day one. Have them glue it in their science notebook. Use this page to introduce what science is, what makes a testable question, and how scientists test their questions. You will only use the top portion to introduce the lesson.

2- Use the slides to walk through and introduce scientific questioning slide by slide. Speaker notes at the bottom will help if you need ideas to spark class conversation. 

3- Practice these new ideas about scientific questions with Sort 1. Pair students or put them in small groups. Give examples of how to discuss each card and how to place it in the proper category. Have students sort first, then glue. They may decide along the way they want to change an answer. 

4- End your lesson with the bottom portion of the interactive notebook page. Have students independently complete the activity for an “exit ticket.” This will give you an idea how to progress your students.

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