3rd Grade – Earth, Sun, and Stars Lessons
Unit 2 includes 7 days of science lesson plans!
- Day 1: Stars
- Day 2: Our Sun
- Day 3: Radiant Energy
- Day 4: Gravity
- Day 5: Lab Activity
- Day 6: Review with Passage and Crossword Puzzle
- Day 7: Unit Assessment
Each daily lesson and its resources are color coded making it easy to know what to use each day.
Day 1: Stars
Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. After this lesson, students will have all the answers to that question! Engage your students in fun discussions about stars and what makes them appear the way they do from Earth. Your students will certainly want to turn their heads to the night sky after this.
Day 2: Our Sun
Guide students to turn their star knowledge into sun knowledge. Students will learn what type of star our sun is and how to describe it. Where are all the other stars? Help students understand the relationship between what we see during the day versus what we see at night.
Day 3: Radiant Energy
Students will understand why the sun is essential for Earth and the survival of living things. Explore the energy needed for life. Students will feel the heat and see the light with this lesson.
Day 4: Gravity
What goes up, must come down! Put meaning to this old saying by exploring gravity. Students will understand how gravity is a force that keeps us grounded, but can be opposed with a more powerful force.
Day 6: Lab Activity
Ball drop! Get hands-on and put the Scientific Method to work with gravity. Select three different balls and see which one will hit the ground first.
Day 7: Review with Passage and Crossword Puzzle
Students will put together all of the vocabulary and skills acquired from this unit. Read the passage and answer the following questions. Vocabulary words are reviewed in a crossword puzzle.
Day 8: Unit Assessment
Give your students a chance to show what they know and have learned over the past seven days.