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Quarter 1 Unit of Study
Competency Goal 4: The learner will conduct investigations and use appropriate technology to build an understanding of the form and function of the skeletal and muscle systems of the human body.
Identify the skeleton as a system of the human body.
Describe several functions of bones:
  • Support.
  • Protection.
  • Locomotion.
Describe the functions of different types of joints:
  • Hinge.
  • Ball and socket.
  • Gliding.
Describe how different kinds of joints allow movement and compare this to the movement of mechanical devices.
Observe and describe how muscles cause the body to move.


Quarter 2 Unit of Study
Competency Goal 3: The learner will make observations and use appropriate technology to build an understanding of the earth/moon/sun system.
Observe that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object and is reflected and/or absorbed.
3.02 Observe that objects in the sky have patterns of movement including:
  • Sun.
  • Moon.
  • Stars
Using shadows, follow and record the apparent movement of the sun in the sky during the day
Use appropriate tools to make observations of the moon
Observe and record the change in the apparent shape of the moon from day to day over several months and describe the pattern of changes
Observe that patterns of stars in the sky stay the same, although they appear to move across the sky nightly


Quarter 3 Unit of Study
Competency Goal 2:
Understand properties of solids and liquids and the changes they undergo.
Understand the structure and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change.
Recognize how energy can be transferred from one object to another.


Quarter 4 Unit of Study
Competency Goal 2: The learner will conduct investigations to build understanding of soil properties.
Observe and describe the properties of soil:
  • Color.
  • Texture.
  • Capacity to hold water.
Investigate and observe that different soils absorb water at different rates.
Determine the ability of soil to support the growth of many plants, including those important to our food supply.
Identify the basic components of soil:
  • Sand.
  • Clay.
  • Humus.
Determine how composting can be used to recycle discarded plant and animal material.
Determine the relationship between heat and decaying plant matter in a compost pile.


Quarter 4 Unit of Study
Competency Goal 1: The learner will conduct investigations and build an understanding of plant growth and adaptations.
Observe and measure how the quantities and qualities of nutrients, light, and water in the environment affect plant growth.
Observe and describe how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow in a particular environment.
Investigate and describe how plants pass through distinct stages in their life cycle including.
  • Growth.
  • Survival.
  • Reproduction.
Explain why the number of seeds a plant produces depends on variables such as light, water, nutrients, and pollination.
Observe and discuss how bees pollinate flowers.
Observe, describe and record properties of germinating seeds.


Internet Resources
A great deal of thought and time has gone into choosing sites intended for student use. However, with the rapidly changing nature of web sites and the World Wide Web, there is always the possibility  a student can run into inappropriate material. For this reason I stress the need for parental guidance when students are exploring the World Wide Web. Please remember I have no control for the ever-changing content of Web sites linked from this site.

If you feel a site is inappropriate, please send an e-mail with the name of the site and why you feel the site is inappropriate. If you know of some other sites which are appropriate for third graders, please send me an e-mail and give me the URL. Thanks!

 General Science
Human Body
Sun, Moon, and Stars
NASA for Kids
NASA has launched a new website for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The Kids' Club website features animated, colorful, entertaining, and educational activities. Interactive games on the site teach children about exploring space, building and launching rockets, keeping airplanes on schedule, and how a comet travels through the solar system.

Click on the link (NASA for Kids) above to access the site

StarDate Online
Go to StarDate Online to see the phases of the moon. Click on the link above to access the site.
FossWeb Sun, Moon, and Stars Unit
City Farmer
This site is about composting with red worms.
Adventures of Herman the Squirmin' Worm
This site has a choice of English or Spanish.



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