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Grade 3 science


GRADE 3 SCIENCE EXPECTATIONS

 

GROWTH & CHANGES IN PLANTS

      BIG IDEAS:   - plants have distinct characteristics

                          - there are both similaritis & differences among plants

                          - plants are the primary source of food for humans & humans need to protect plants & their habitats

                          - plants are important to the planet

EXPECTATIONS:    By the end of grade 3 students should be able to assess how plants impact society & the environment; ways in which human activity has an impact on plants   &   their habitat; investigate similarities & differences in plants; demonstrate an understanding that plants grow & change.

 

STRONG & STABLE STRUCTURES

      BIG IDEAS:     - structures have both form & function

                            - structures are affected by forces acting on them

                            - structures need to be strong & stable to be useful

EXPECTATIONS:     By the end of grade 3 students should be able to assess importance of both form & funtion, strength & stability in structures through time; investigate strong & stable sturctures to determine how their design & materials affect their load-bearing function; demonstrate understanding of concepts of structure, strength & stability.

 

FORCES CAUSING MOVEMENT

BIG IDEAS:     - there are several types of forces that cuase movement

                      - forces cause objects to speed up, slow down, or change direction.

                     - forces in nature, such as high winds or water, can impact humans & their environment, & need to be treated with respect

 

EXPECTATIONS:  By the end of grade 3 students should be able to assessimpact of forces on society & the environment; investigate devices, the use of forces to create controlled movement; demonstrate understanding of how forces cause movement, & changes in movement.

 

SOILS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

 

BIG IDEAS:     - soil is made up of living & non-living things

                      - compositio, characteristics & condition of soil determine its capacity to sustain life

                      - soil is an essential source of life & nutrients for many living things

                      - living things interact with soil

 

EXPECTATIONS:   By the end of grade 3 students should be able to assess the impact of soils on society & environment and vice-versa; investigate composition & characteristics of soils; demonstrate understanding of composition of soils; types of soils; relationship between soils and other living things.

 

                            

 

 

 

 

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