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Grade Three

Learning Outcomes Framework      GRADE THREE- SPECIFIC CURRICULUM OUTCOMES     

Science - Grades P-6

Students will be expected to:

Life Science: Plant Growth and Changes

Investigating Germination and Growing Conditions for Plants

                      place seeds in groups according to one or more attributes (202-2)

                      ask questions to investigate related to growing conditions for plants (200-1)

                      make predictions about which conditions will be the best for plant growth (200-3)

                      make and record relevant observations and measurements of plant growth during their investigations (201-5)

                      construct and label bar graphs that show plant growth under different conditions (202-4)

                      draw inferences that identify and investigate life needs of plants and describe how plants are affected by the conditions in which they grow (100-29)

                      identify and describe parts of plants and their general function (100-28, 203-2)

                      identify and suggest explanations for patterns and discrepancies in the growth rate of similar plants grown in varying conditions (202-5)

The Life Cycle of a Plant

                      observe and describe changes, using written language, pictures, and charts, that occur through the life cycle of a flowering plant (100-30, 201-5)

                      estimate measurements of the plant as it grows (201-6)

Uses for Plants

                      describe ways in which plants are important to living things and the environment (102-12)

                      identify parts of different plants that provide humans with useful products, and describe the preparation that is required to obtain these products and how our supply of useful plants is replenished (102-13)

                      respond to the ideas and actions of others and acknowledge their ideas about the uses and replenishing of plants (203-5)

Earth and Space Science: Exploring Soils

Investigating Soils Composition

                      ask questions and make predictions that lead to exploration and investigation about the composition of soil (200-1, 200-3)

                      explore and describe a variety of soils and find similarities and differences among them (100-36)

                      investigate and describe soil components using appropriate tools such as spoons, magnifying glasses, jars, and filters (100-37, 201-3)

                      make and record observations and measurements in investigations related to soil composition (201-5)

                      propose an answer to initial question related to soil composition based on their investigations (202-7)

Water Absorption of Soils

                      describe the effect of moisture on characteristics of the soils (100-38a)

                      make predictions about the absorption of water by different types of soil that lead to exploration and investigation (200-3)

                      compare the absorption of water by different soils (100-38b)

                      construct and label bar graphs to show the amount of water absorbed by the different soil samples (202-4)

                      place containers of soil in order of their ability to absorb water (202-2)

                      communicate procedures and results of investigations related to test water absorption of soils, using drawings, demonstrations, and/or written and oral descriptions (203-3)

Moving Water and Soil

                      observe and describe the effects of moving water on different types of soils (100-39)

Interactions of Living Things and Soils

                      investigate and describe how living things affect and are affected by soils (100-35)

                      identify and use a variety of sources of science information to gather information about how living things affect and are affected by soils (201-7)

Technological Products and Processes Related to Soil

                      demonstrate and describe ways of using earth materials to make useful objects (101-12)

                      communicate questions, ideas, and intentions while using earth materials to make useful objects (203-1)

Physical Science: Invisible Forces

Magnetic Forces

                      investigate to identify and group materials that can be magnetized and materials that are attracted by magnets, and distinguish these from materials that are not attracted to magnets (100-31, 202-2)

                      investigate the polarity of a magnet, determine the orientation of its poles, and demonstrate that opposite poles attract and like poles repel (100-32)

                      follow a simple procedure where instructions are given one step at a time to increase and test the strength of a temporary magnet by stroking it or storing it next to a stronger magnet (201-1)

                      identify problems to be solved related to magnetizing materials (200-2)

                      identify familiar uses of magnets (102-14)

                      make predictions about the number of objects that can be picked up by a magnet under different conditions (200-3)

                      make and record relevant observations in investigations on the number of objects that can be picked up by a magnet under different conditions, and use the observations to make inferences/predictions, based on the observed pattern(s) (200-3)

                      identify conditions that affect the force of magnets (100-33, 201-5)

                      propose answers to questions raised related to magnetizing materials (202-7)

                      in cooperative groups, construct and evaluate a toy that is moved by attractive or repulsive magnetic forces (201-3, 202-8, 203-5)

Electrostatic Forces (Forces Arising from Static Electricity)

                      describe and demonstrate ways to use everyday materials to produce static electric charges, and describe how charged materials interact (attract, repel) (101-8, 203-3)

                      identify materials to be used to investigate conditions affecting the force of static electricity, and suggest ways to use them in their investigations (202-7)

                      make and record relevant observations in investigations related to identify conditions that affect the force of static electricity, and draw simple conclusions that identify these conditions (100-33, 201-5, 202-7)

                      identify new questions from what has been learned about static electricity (202-9)

                      describe examples of the effects of static electricity in their daily lives, and identify ways in which static electricity can be used safely or avoided (102-15)

Physical Science: Materials and Structures

Proposing Solutions to Building Challenges

                      identify problems to be solved while creating structures (200-2)

                      describe the properties of some common materials, and evaluate their suitability for use in building structures (100-34)

                      investigate ways to join materials and identify the most appropriate methods for the materials to be joined (101-11)

                      identify shapes that are part of natural and human-built structures, and describe ways these shapes help provide strength, stability, or balance (102-16)

                      identify materials that could be used to solve the problem posed, and suggest a plan for how they will be used (200-5)

Creating Solutions to Structural Challenges

                      safely use appropriate tools for cutting, shaping, making holes, and assembling materials (101-10, 201-3)

                      follow given safety procedures and rules while constructing structures and explain why they are needed (201-8)

                      estimate measurements in order to select the required materials for the structure (201-6)

                      manipulate materials purposefully in order to create the structure (201-2)

                      respond to the ideas of partners while constructing the structure, acknowledge their ideas and contributions, and make changes in the structure as deemed necessary (203-5)

Evaluating the Structural Solution

                      test the strength and stability of personally built structures, and identify ways of modifying a structure to increase its strength, stability, form, and function (101-9, 202-8)

                      identify materials or parts of a structure that failed and suggest why (202-5)

                      evaluate simple structures to determine if they are effective and safe, if they make efficient use of materials, and if they are appropriate to the user and the environment (102-17)

                      illustrate their construction process, using drawings with explanations, demonstrations, and written and/or oral descriptions, and describe the structures and components of structures they have built (203-2, 203-3)


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