Grade 3 Science

Course Description

Semester A

Third grade science introduces students to experimentation as they journey through the earth and its many miracles. They will begin by learning about the basic needs of all life on Earth. By participating in simple experiments students will explore the water cycle, the weather and its patterns, energy, and the role of plants in the production of oxygen and their importance to human survival.  Learners will expand their knowledge through video, pictures, short readings, projects, and hands on experiments.  Learners will understand that experiments require the use of instruments, observation, recording, and drawing evidence-based conclusions.  Grade 3 science provides students with the opportunity to expand their minds and see for themselves the way that science is a part of their everyday lives.

Semester B

Semester B of third grade science begins with the students diving deeper into habitats, biomes, and seasonal adaptations. The learners continue with types of terrain, inherited characteristics, matter, gravity, and even magnetism. All of these lessons are taught using video, projects, and experimentation. Semester B asks learners to look a bit deeper into things they encounter such as biodiversity and natural resources.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

3rd Grade


Course Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.


2 Semesters


Science 2

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Guided Research Skills (with assistance of the learning coach)
  • Audio and Video Recording

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Needs of living things 
  •  Plant Structures and Functions 
  •  Patterns of Earth 
  •  Weather 
  •  The Water Cycle 
  •  Heat & Light 
  •  Rocks 
  •  Climate 
  •  Animal Classification

Semester B

Major Concepts:

  • Habitats 
  • Adaptations 
  •  Biomes 
  •  Landforms 
  •  Fossils 
  •  Matter 
  •  Magnetism 
  •  Biodiversity 
  •  Natural Resources