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Oregon Science Standards for 3rd Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn about Oregon's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards with this article. Find out what these standards mean for 3rd graders and how you can help students to get a better understanding of what's being taught with these standards.

Science Standards in the State of Oregon

Oregon adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2014. The NGSS work to help students develop a solid understanding of the sciences by focusing on learning new knowledge and acquiring important science skills. These standards are divided into three key categories:

Disciplinary Core Ideas for 3rd Grade

3rd graders in Oregon will study in these areas:

Life Science

Students will learn about the reproduction of living organisms, as well as the life cycles of plants and animals. Kids will also have the chance to study the benefits of living in a group. Traits that are inherited, as well as traits that are altered by the environment, will be considered. Students will focus on the effects of environmental changes on organisms, the evidence presented by fossils and the survival chances of different creatures. These lessons on biology can help students learn more about reproduction. They can also review what they're learning about plants and animals with these lessons.

Earth and Space Science

In this grade, students will learn how weather predictions are made. They'll find out what climate means. Ways that people can deal with natural hazards will also be covered. Students who want to put in extra study time can access theses weather lessons. Students can review weather patterns, severe weather and the symbols used by weather scientists.

Physical Science

Observable patterns of motion will be discussed in this grade, along with the strength and direction of different forces. Students will learn about the properties of electric and magnetic forces. Checking out these physics lessons will allow students to improve their understanding of force, electricity and magnetism.

Engineering Design

The NGSS also allow students to improve their engineering skills. Students will learn about the importance of considering available resources while coming up with an engineering solution. They'll focus on research, communicating with others and the importance of tests. It's easy to learn more about this topic with this resource on engineering for elementary school.

Science and Engineering Practices for 3rd Grade

Students will work on science and engineering practices to build up their scientific abilities. In this grade, they'll learn to use models while studying phenomena. Kids will learn to analyze data and use evidence to develop scientific explanations. They'll work to create an argument that can be supported with evidence and carry out an investigation to acquire data. Time will be spent learning to combine information from various sources. They'll also explore the importance of patterns to scientific findings. Students can continue to improve their science skills at home by completing these lessons on science basics.

Crosscutting Concepts for 3rd Grade

The NGSS make use of crosscutting concepts that allow students to apply their knowledge across a wide variety of subjects. Kids will consider the relationship between technology, science and engineering knowledge. They'll focus on humanity's role in guiding science, how science influences the natural world, and scientific assumptions about natural systems. Students will also learn how to understand:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models
  • Scale, quantity and proportion

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