Grade 3 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

 

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Science concepts (from TEKS)
Scientific Processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices. The student is expected to (3.1):
    demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations (3.1A)
    make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials (3.1B)
Scientific Processes. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations. The student is expected to (3.2):
    plan and implement descriptive investigations including asking well-defined questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology (3.2A)
    collect information by observing and measuring (3.2B)
    analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence (3.2C)
    communicate valid conclusions (3.2D)
    construct simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts to organize, examine and evaluate information (3.2E)
Scientific Processes. The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in making decisions. The student is expected to (3.3):
    analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information (3.3A)
    draw inferences based on information related to promotional materials for products and services (3.3B)
    represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations (3.3C)
    evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment (3.3D)
    connect Grade 3 science concepts with the history of science and contributions of scientists (3.3E)
Scientific Processes. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to (3.4):
    collect and analyze information using tools including calculators, microscopes, cameras, safety goggles, sound recorders, clocks, computers, thermometers, hand lenses, meter sticks, rulers, balances, magnets, and compasses (3.4A)
    demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results (3.4B)
Science Concepts. The student knows that systems exist in the world. The student is expected to (3.5):
    observe and identify simple systems such as a sprouted seed and a wooden toy car (3.5A)
    observe a simple system and describe the role of various parts such as a yo-yo and string (3.5B)
Science Concepts. The student knows that forces cause change. The student is expected to (3.6):
    measure and record changes in the position and direction of the motion of an object to which a force such as a push or pull has been applied (3.6A)
    identify that the surface of the Earth can be changed by forces such as earthquakes and glaciers (3.6B)
Science Concepts. The student knows that matter has physical properties. The student is expected to (3.7):
    gather information including temperature, magnetism, hardness, and mass using appropriate tools to identify physical properties of matter (3.7A)
    identify matter as liquids, solids, and gases (3.7B)

Science Concepts. The student knows that living organisms need food, water, light, air, a way to dispose of waste, and an environment in which to live. The student is expected to: (3.8):

    observe and describe the habitats of organisms within an ecosystem (3.8A)
    observe and identify organisms with similar needs that compete with one another for resources such as oxygen, water, food, or space (3.8B)
    describe environmental changes in which some organisms would thrive, become ill, or perish (3.8C)
    describe how living organisms modify their physical environment to meet their needs such as beavers building a dam or humans building a home (3.8D)
Science Concepts. The student knows that species have different adaptations that help them survive and reproduce in their environment. The student is expected to (3.9):
    observe and identify characteristics among species that allow each to survive and reproduce (3.9A)
    analyze how adaptive characteristics help individuals within a species to survive and reproduce (3.9B)
Science Concepts. The student knows that many likeness between offspring and parents are inherited from the parents. The student is expected to (3.10):

    identify some inherited traits of plants (3.10A)
    identify some inherited traits of animals (3.10B)

Science Concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects. The student is expected to (3.11):

    identify and describe the importance of earth materials including rocks, soil, water, and gases of the atmosphere in the local area and classify them as renewable, nonrenewable, or inexhaustible resources (3.11A)
    identify and record properties of soils such as color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants (3.11B)
    identify the planets in our solar system and their position in relation to the Sun (3.11C)
    describe the characteristics of the Sun (3.11D)

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