Tennessee Standards 3rd Grade Science Activities
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TN.1. Life Science: Cells
CS.1. All living things are made of cells that perform functions necessary for life.
GQ.1. How are plant and animals cells organized to carry on the processes of life?
0307.1. Checks for Understanding0307.1.1. Use a magnifier to investigate and describe the function of root hairs, stem cross sections, and leaf veins.
GLE.0307.1. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.1.1. Use magnifiers to make observations of specific plant and body parts and describe their functions.
SPI.0307.1. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.1.1. Identify specific parts of a plant and describe their function.
TN.10. Physical Science: Energy
CS.10. Various forms of energy are constantly being transformed into other types without any net loss of energy from the system.
GQ.10. What basic energy related ideas are essential for understanding the dependency of the natural and man-made worlds on energy?
GLE.0307.10. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.10.1. Investigate phenomena that produce heat.
TN.11. Physical Science: Motion
CS.11. Objects move in ways that can be observed, described, predicted, and measured.
GQ.11. What causes objects to move differently under different circumstances?
0307.11. Checks for Understanding0307.11.2. Use a variety of materials to produce sounds of different pitch and volume.0307.11.3. Classify a variety of taped sounds according to their pitch and volume.
GLE.0307.11. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.11.3. Investigate how the pitch and volume of a sound can be changed.
SPI.0307.11. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.11.1. Identify how the direction of a moving object is changed by an applied force.SPI.0307.11.3. Distinguish between pitch and volume.SPI.0307.11.4. Identify how sounds with different pitch and volume are produced.
TN.12. Physical Science: Forces in Nature
CS.12. Everything in the universe exerts a gravitational force on everything else; there is an interplay between magnetic fields and electrical currents.
GQ.12. What are the scientific principles that explain gravity and electromagnetism?
0307.12. Checks for Understanding0307.12.1. Experiment with magnets to determine how distance affects magnetic attraction.0307.12.2. Determine that only certain types of objects are attracted to magnets.
GLE.0307.12. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.12.1. Explore how magnets attract objects made of certain metals.
SPI.0307.12. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.12.1. Recognize that magnets can move objects without touching them.SPI.0307.12.2. Identify objects that are attracted to magnets.
TN.2. Life Science: Interdependence
CS.2. All life is interdependent and interacts with the environment.
GQ.2. How do living things interact with one another and with the non-living elements of their environment?
0307.2. Checks for Understanding0307.2.1. Use a T-Chart to compare and contrast the characteristics of living and nonliving things.0307.2.2. Label a drawing of an environment to illustrate interrelationships among plants and animals.0307.2.3. Construct a diagram to demonstrate how plants, animals, and the environment interact to provide basic life requirements
GLE.0307.2. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.2.1. Categorize things as living or non-living.GLE.0307.2.2. Explain how organisms with similar needs compete with one another for resources.
SPI.0307.2. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.2.1. Distinguish between living and non-living things.SPI.0307.2.2. Determine how plants and animals compete for resources such as food, space, water, air, and shelter.
TN.3. Life Science: Flow of Matter and Energy
CS.3. Matter and energy flow through the biosphere.
GQ.3. What scientific information explains how matter and energy flow through the biosphere?
0307.3. Checks for Understanding0307.3.1. Label a diagram to illustrate the food relationships that exist between plant and animals.0307.3.2. Create a chart to show how plants and animals satisfy their energy requirements.0307.3.3. Identify structures used by different plants and animals to meet their basic energy requirements.0307.3.4. Use a piece of text to obtain basic information about how plants and animals obtain food.
SPI.0307.3. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.3.1. Identify the basic needs of plants and animals.SPI.0307.3.2. Recognize that animals obtain their food by eating plants and other animals.
TN.4. Life Science: Heredity
CS.4. Plants and animals reproduce and transmit hereditary information between generations.
GQ.4. What are the principal mechanisms by which living things reproduce and transmit information between parents and offspring?
0307.4. Checks for Understanding0307.4.1. Sequence diagrams that illustrate various stages in the development of an organism.0307.4.2. Create a timeline to depict the changes that occur during an organism's life cycle.0307.4.3. Differentiate among the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly, mealworm, frog, and plant.
GLE.0307.4. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.4.1. Identify the different life stages through which plants and animals pass.
SPI.0307.4. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.4.1. Select an illustration that shows how an organism changes as it develops.
TN.5. Life Science: Biodiversity and Change
CS.5. A rich variety of complex organisms have developed in response to a continually changing environment.
GQ.5. How does natural selection explain how organisms have changed over time?
0307.5. Checks for Understanding0307.5.1. Create representations of animals that have characteristics necessary to survive in a particular environment.0307.5.2. Investigate the connection between an organism's characteristics and its ability to survive in a specific environment.0307.5.3. Describe how environmental factors change over place and time.0307.5.4. Determine how changes in an environmental variable can affect plants and animals of an area.0307.5.5. Construct a diorama that shows plants and animals in an appropriate environment.0307.5.7. Use a data chart or informational text to classify organisms as thriving, threatened, endangered, or extinct.
GLE.0307.5. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.5.1. Explore the relationship between an organism's characteristics and its ability to survive in a particular environment.GLE.0307.5.2. Classify organisms as thriving, threatened, endangered, or extinct.
SPI.0307.5. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.5.1. Investigate an organism's characteristics and evaluate how these features enable it to survive in a particular environment.SPI.0307.5.2. Investigate populations of different organisms and classify them as thriving, threatened, endangered, or extinct.SPI.0307.5.3. Match the organism with evidence of its prior existence.
TN.6. Earth and Space Science: The Universe
CS.6. The cosmos is vast and explored well enough to know its basic structure and operational principles.
GQ.6. What big ideas guide human understanding about the origin and structure of the universe, Earth's place in the cosmos, and observable motions and patterns in the sky?
0307.6. Checks for Understanding0307.6.1. Create a model of the solar system depicting the major components and their relative positions and sizes.0307.6.2. Use a table to compare and contrast the major solar system components.
GLE.0307.6. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.6.1. Identify and compare the major components of the solar system.
SPI.0307.6. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.6.1. Identify the major components of the solar system, i.e., sun, planets and moons.
TN.7. Earth and Space Science: The Earth
CS.7. Major geologic events that occur over eons or brief moments in time continually shape and reshape the surface of the Earth, resulting in continuous global change.
GQ.7. How is the earth affected by long-term and short term geological cycles and the influence of man?
0307.7. Checks for Understanding0307.7.1. Use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast two different landforms or bodies of water.0307.7.2. Analyze the physical characteristics of different kinds of rocks.0307.7.4. Design and evaluate a method for reusing or recycling classroom materials.0307.7.5. Create a web that demonstrates the link between basic human needs and the earth's resources.
GLE.0307.7. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.7.1. Use information and illustrations to identify the earth's major landforms and water bodies.GLE.0307.7.2. Recognize that rocks can be composed of one or more minerals.
SPI.0307.7. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.7.1. Classify landforms and bodies of water according to their geological features and identify them on a map.SPI.0307.7.2. Describe how rocks can be classified according to their physical characteristics.
TN.8. Earth and Space Science: The Atmosphere
CS.8. The earth is surrounded by an active atmosphere and an energy system that controls the distribution life, local weather, climate, and global temperature.
GQ.8. How do the physical characteristics and the chemical makeup of the atmosphere influence surface processes and life on Earth?
0307.8. Checks for Understanding0307.8.1. Select appropriate tools used for collecting weather data that correspond to the atmospheric condition being measured.0307.8.2. Identify major cloud types and associate them with particular weather conditions.
GLE.0307.8. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.8.1. Recognize that that there are a variety of atmospheric conditions that can be measured.GLE.0307.8.2. Use tools such as the barometer, thermometer, anemometer, and rain gauge to measure atmospheric conditions.GLE.0307.8.3. Identify cloud types associated with particular atmospheric conditions.GLE.0307.8.4. Predict the weather based on cloud observations.
SPI.0307.8. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.8.1. Choose the correct tool for measuring a particular atmospheric condition.SPI.0307.8.2. Match major cloud types with specific atmospheric conditions.
TN.9. Physical Science: Matter
CS.9. The composition and structure of matter is known, and it behaves according to principles that are generally understood.
GQ.9. How does the structure of matter influence its physical and chemical behavior?
0307.9. Checks for Understanding0307.9.1. Use physical properties to compare and contrast substances.0307.9.2. Compare and contrast events that demonstrate evaporation, crystallization, and melting.0307.9.3. Make predictions and conduct experiments about conditions needed to change the physical properties of particular substances.0307.9.4. Classify combinations of materials according to whether they have retained or lost their individual properties.
GLE.0307.9. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.9.1. Design a simple experiment to determine how the physical properties of matter can change over time and under different conditions.GLE.0307.9.2. Investigate different types of mixtures.
SPI.0307.9. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.9.1. Describe a substance in terms of its physical properties.
CS.Inq. Understandings about scientific inquiry and the ability to conduct inquiry are essential for living in the 21st century.
GQ.Inq. What tools, skills, knowledge, and dispositions are needed to conduct scientific inquiry?
0307.Inq. Checks for Understanding0307.Inq.2. Identify tools needed to investigate specific questions.0307.Inq.4. Analyze and communicate findings from multiple investigations of similar phenomena to reach a conclusion.
GLE.0307.Inq. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.Inq.1. Explore different scientific phenomena by asking questions, making logical predictions, planning investigations, and recording data.GLE.0307.Inq.2. Select and use appropriate tools and simple equipment to conduct an investigation.GLE.0307.Inq.3. Organize data into appropriate tables, graphs, drawings, or diagrams.GLE.0307.Inq.4. Identify and interpret simple patterns of evidence to communicate the findings of multiple investigations.GLE.0307.Inq.5. Recognize that people may interpret the same results in different ways.
SPI.0307.Inq. State Performance IndicatorsSPI.0307.Inq.1. Select an investigation that could be used to answer a specific question.
TN.T/E. Technology and Engineering
CS.T/E. Society benefits when engineers apply scientific discoveries to design materials and processes that develop into enabling technologies.
GQ.T/E. How do science concepts, engineering skills, and applications of technology improve the quality of life?
GLE.0307.T/E. Grade Level ExpectationsGLE.0307.T/E.2. Recognize that new tools, technology, and inventions are always being developed.
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