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Kentucky Science Standards for 3rd Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out what science standards Kentucky uses for 3rd grade by reading this article. Get information about what students will learn and find out how they can get study help.

Kentucky's 3rd Grade Science Standards

Classrooms in Kentucky use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These carefully crafted standards feature three major areas:

3rd Grade Disciplinary Core Ideas

The core ideas deal with the scientific knowledge covered in each grade level. Students in 3rd grade will focus on:

Forces and Interactions

Students will learn about the strength and direction of different forces. They will find out how to observe and predict motion. Electric and magnetic forces will be discussed. Students can build up their understanding of forces, electricity and magnetism with these online physics lessons for kids.

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Kids will find out what happens to organisms when their environment changes. They'll also study benefits of group behavior. The evidence provided by fossils will be discussed, along with ways that habitats change the organisms that live in them. Different habitats and ecosystems can be reviewed with these lessons on environmental science. Students can study whenever is most convenient for them with these short self-paced lessons.

Inheritance and Variation of Traits

In this grade, students will learn about reproduction and genetic inheritance. They'll also consider the benefits of organisms in the same species having different characteristics. These biology lessons allow students to go over the facts about reproduction and genetics that they're covering in class. Kids can even access the short quizzes that accompany these lessons when they're ready to measure their progress.

Weather and Climate

The process for making weather predictions will be considered in 3rd grade. Students will also learn about climate and options to handle natural hazards. Finding out more about different types of weather and weather symbols used by scientists is simple with these weather lessons. Students can work on their own and also contact weather experts to get some extra help.

Engineering Design

Students will learn how solutions are limited by the materials that scientists have available. They'll focus on the importance of research, communication and tests. The benefits of considering multiple solutions will also be covered. Kids who want to review engineering concepts can complete this mechanical engineering lesson.

3rd Grade Science and Engineering Practices

Students will spend time building up their scientific skills by working on science and engineering practices. In 3rd grade this will involve learning to:

  • Ask questions
  • Consider data
  • Make use of models
  • Use evidence during an argument
  • Communicate information
  • Fully complete investigations
  • Find solutions

They'll also consider the connection between empirical evidence and science, as well as the methods used to carry out scientific investigations.

Students can use these lessons on science basics to work on their scientific skills at home, preparing them for success in the classroom.

3rd Grade Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting concepts serve to connect different grade levels and subjects in the NGSS. Students will learn to apply the following concepts in various situations:

  • Proportion, scale and quantity
  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models

The important connections between scientific and engineering advances, along with technology, will also be considered. Scientific assumptions about natural systems and humanity's role in science will be discussed in class.

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