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Third Grade Science Resources

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60 Second Science: Taking Soil Apart
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Taking Soil Apart shows children become soil scientists, or pedologists, and explore sediment using a water bottle, water and a tool for digging. The video models ways for adults to encourage children's growth, self confidence, problem solving skills, and cognitive development through open ended hands on exploration with familiar materials, such as soil and water.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the physical attributes of rocks and soils.
Georgia Standard: S3E1

Erosion Rates
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

One of the visual tools your child will use in Kindergarten is the 10-frame card. Your child will know a 10-frame card as five on top and 5 on bottom. It is important he understands five without needing to re-count each time. The children will add and subtract with the 10 frame card and begin to understand fractions. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the physical attributes of rocks and soils.
Georgia Standard: S3E1

Fossil Puzzler
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

One of the visual tools your child will use in Kindergarten is the 10-frame card. Your child will know a 10-frame card as five on top and 5 on bottom. It is important he understands five without needing to re-count each time. The children will add and subtract with the 10 frame card and begin to understand fractions. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information on how fossils provide evidence of past organisms.
Georgia Standard: S3E2

Paleo Sleuths
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Lesson Plan Collection

The Great Plains have been the source of rich contributions to the study of paleontology, thanks to the work of paleo sleuths like these working to discover and uncover the fossil record that tells us about the pre-history of the Great Plains. The Lesson Plans and activities allow the educator and student to understand and interpret the study of Paleontology as it uncovers the book of time on earth.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information on how fossils provide evidence of past organisms.
Georgia Standard: S3E2

Get Cooking
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will build a simple solar cooker. They will make observations and qualitatively describe the melting rate of a piece of chocolate in the cooker. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Solar Cooking Race
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Students will explore heat, energy, and transfer in the garden by melting an ice cube as quickly as possible; investigating radiation with ultraviolet-detecting solar beads; observing convection currents using hot and cold colored water; measuring the temperature above different surfaces outside; designing a solar oven; cooking veggies from the garden; and designing a way to protect tender plants from cold weather.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Build a Better Lunch Box
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Find out how to create and test an insulated lunch box. Experiment with the design process and conducting heat in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

How Does a Thermos Work? (Click Here for Spanish Version)
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Tom Thomas buys his mother an ice cream cone but needs help figuring out where to hide it. Simka describes how a thermos could help Tom Thomas keep his secret gift cold.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Reading a Thermometer
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Support Materials

In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad has a birthday gift made for their pal Digit. It's a chocolate "Digit" sculpture. As they make their way to the party, the desert heat threatens to melt the treat. When the special refrigerator suddenly breaks, the CyberSquad must figure out how to read a thermometer and determine the temperature in order to keep the chocolate sculpture from melting.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Hot2Cold: Heat Transfer
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video/ Song

Understanding heat transfer is a challenging concept. Hearing and seeing all of the fun examples Mister C uses in this song will help students learn key information about heat energy, and how it transfers from warmer objects to cooler objects.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Temperature Scavenger Hunt
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

This Cyberchase at-home activity, available in English and Spanish, allows students to explore how different things can make a place hotter or colder. Students will examine differences in temperature by using a thermometer to measure the temperature of cups of water placed in different locations around their home.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Science U: Can You Cook a S'more Without Electricity?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

See how Science U campers make pizza box solar ovens that harness the sun's energy to make a s'more (melted chocolate and marshmallow between two graham crackers). Try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout, or at Science U. 
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the ways heat energy is transferred and measured.
Georgia Standard: S3P1

Habitat to Habitat
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

Students will learn that plants and animals have common needs. Students will assemble both a plant habitat and worm habitat in order to develop an understanding of common needs. Students will make comparisons of the plant and animal habitat and discuss ways animals function in an ecosystem. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the similarities and differences between plants, animals, and habitats found within geographic regions (Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau) of Georgia
Georgia Standard: S3L1

My Little Habitat
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will discuss and compare plants, animals, and their surroundings in deserts, oceans/ beaches, and rainforests. Students will examine hands-on materials from all habitats combined and sort materials by their habitat. Students will use their selections to create habitats in plastic boxes. For example, a student might create a rain forest habitat using soil, plants, rocks, relevant rubber animals, and photos of animals.  *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the similarities and differences between plants, animals, and habitats found within geographic regions (Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau) of Georgia
Georgia Standard: S3L1

Water Pollution H2O
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This video demonstrates how ground pollution and upstream water pollution can be carried downstream to other bodies of water and land. 
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2

Oil Spill Clean Up
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will use a variety of materials to attempt to clean up a simulated oil spill. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2

Protecting Our Waterways
Source: Girls Get STEM
Resource Type: Lesson Plan

In this activity, students will investigate the effect they can have on the world’s oceans, no matter where they live. 
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2

Recycling and Restoration
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This video explains how Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky used recycled cypress from pickle vats to build its visitor center and then "paid back" nature by creating a cypress-tupelo swamp. Recycled materials conserve water because no water is needed for their production, but to make those original pickle vats, a long-ago cypress-tupelo swamp had to be destroyed. Bernheim replaced that original swamp (a rich habitat for many different plant and animal species) with a new five-acre cypress-tupelo swamp at one end of a lake on the park grounds.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2

 

Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will describe what pollution is, identify sources of non-point source pollution and learn how humans will affect the environment and its influence on the plants and animals that share it with us.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will be able to create an understanding that everyone is part of a watershed and that humans can affect that watershed in positive and negative ways.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the similarities and differences between plants, animals, and habitats found within geographic regions (Blue
Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau) of Georgia.
Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L1, S3L2   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will learn what a watershed is and how rivers are connected to the ocean.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will investigate the concept that water is a limited resource.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will examine what water pollution is and types.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will examine the state of the Earth’s natural freshwater resources.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the effects of pollution (air, land, and water) and humans on the environment.
Georgia Standard: S3L2