Clayton County Curriculum Framework

Elementary Science

Third Grade

 

Students will investigate the interdependence of life through the study of habitats, rocks and soils, fossils, heat energy, and pollution. As they research the different regions of Georgia, they will use investigations to construct knowledge of how habitats are influenced by organisms, heat energy, rocks and soils, fossils, and pollution. Third graders continue a study of magnetism. They will see how the many parts interact with one another. They will use communication skills to record findings and analyze data. Beginning skills of research will be integrated throughout the year.

1st Nine Weeks

2nd Nine Weeks

3rd Nine Weeks

4th Nine Weeks

 

Unit 1:  Rocks and Soil

Unit 3:  Heat Energy

Unit 5 (continued):  Habitats of Georgia

Unit 6 (continued):  Interdependence of Man

Time:  7 weeks

Time:  3 weeks

Time:  7 weeks

Time:  4 weeks

Focus:  Observe, measure and describe attributes of rocks and soils, perform simple tests to group rocks, compare and contrast rocks, compare and contrast soils, explain the process of rock and soil formation

Focus:  Explain ways heat is produced, use thermometers to measure heat, investigate heat transfer, determine insulators and conductors of heat, investigate solar heat

Focus:  Differentiate between habitats in different regions in Georgia, identify features of green plants that thrive in different regions, identify features of animals that thrive in different regions, explain what happens if a habitat is changed

Focus:  Determine the interdependence of man and the environment, recognize kinds of pollution found in land, water, and air, tying the year together to see relationships between the earth, life, and physical aspects of units of study

Unit 2:  Fossils

Unit 4:  Magnets

Unit 6:  Interdependence of Man

Unit 7:  Review/Culmination Activities

Time:  2 weeks

Time:  3 weeks

Time:  2 weeks

Time:  5 weeks

Focus:  Fossils as evidence, types of fossils, model fossils, recognize patters of fossils, relate fossils to organisms

Focus:  Identify objects, attracted to magnets, describe attraction and repulsion of magnetic poles, measure strength of various magnets, explain how magnets are used in everyday life

Focus:  Determine the interdependence of man and the environment; recognize kinds of pollution found in land, water, and air; tying the year together to see relationships between the earth, life, and physical aspects of units of study

Focus:  Culmination unit tasks/reports, remediation of weak areas, acceleration of standards for 4th grade, examine connection of science to real life

 

 

Unit 5:  Habitats of Georgia

 

 

 

Time:  3 Weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus:  Differentiate between habitats in different regions in Georgia, identify features of green plants that thrive in different regions, identify features of animals that thrive in different regions, explain what happens if a habitat is changed