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Time4Learning is an online student-paced learning system covering preschool through middle school. It is popular as a third grade homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment, for remediation, and for summer study.

The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the third grade science curriculum. The curriculum has been enhanced with material from Science4Us, a comprehensive, digital science program.Additional resources related to third grade science are also provided, below.

Students enrolled in third grade science will have access to second grade science lessons as part of their membership. Fourth grade science is also available upon request, so students can move ahead or review at their own pace.

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3rd Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 8
Book Chapter
Inquiry Science Skills Science Tools Review: The tools module reviews with students the tools scientists use for both qualitative and quantitative observations. Students review how to use tools such as their 5 senses, rulers, and balance scales through hands-on activities.
Physical Science Force and Motion Simple Machines: Students are fascinated with tools and machines, and will see examples of how simple machines can make work easier by reducing the force needed to move an object over a distance. Then, students will use interactive activities to experiment with these simple machines: lever, pulley, wheel and axle, wedge, screw, and inclined plane. Hands-on activities are also available to give students actual experience with simple machines.
Force: When K-2 students study Force with Science4Us, they begin to think of force as a push or a pull. Students see examples of force on a playground through live videos and experiment with force through hands-on lessons. An interactive mini-golf game allows students to experiment with the effects of force as they decide how much force to use in hitting the ball. Finally, students explore factors and variables as they add what they’ve learned to their digital notebook. A special lesson on factors is included to help make teaching factors, controls, and variables easy.
Energy Energy Transfer: Students learn about energy flow. They connect what they have learned about sound, heat, and light energy with new knowledge about energy transformations.
Life Science Balance in Nature Eco Awareness: Students build directly from the knowledge they have gained about the natural world around them. Students learn that many factors affect whether or not living things can thrive in their habitats.
Earth/Space Science Earth History of Earth: The Earth chapter begins with the History of Earth. Students learn about Earth’s long history and the place of exciting things like volcanoes, dinosaurs, and giant bugs within that history.
Features: In Earth’s Features, students explore mountains, volcanoes, caves, rivers and oceans and their place on Earth. In one online activity, students guess which living things make their homes in Earth’s features.
Space Exploring the Universe: Exploring the Universe begins with elements of space that we can see, like the sun and stars. In interactive online activities, students learn about the sun and stars and the Milky Way. Students learn to distinguish stars in the night sky from planets, airplanes or the International Space Station

3rd Grade Science Lesson Plans
Total Activities: 200

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Chapter 1: "Scientific Investigation"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Use of Instruments: Identify various instruments used to collect and analyze data. Identifying Instruments nonscored 3624
Scientific Instruments for Investigation nonscored 3625
Lesson Quiz: Use of Instruments quiz
Working Collaboratively: Describe benefits and challenges of working collaboratively. Recognize that teammates should be free to reach, explain, and justify their individual conclusions. Working with a Partner nonscored 3626
Working Together nonscored 3627
Lesson Quiz: Working Collaboratively quiz
Comparing & Contrasting: Identify and use the essential science skills of comparing and contrasting when making observations. Making Observations and Comparisons scored 3628
Compare and Contrast All You Observe nonscored 3629
Lesson Quiz: Comparing & Contrasting quiz
Show Scientific Ideas: Use sketches, diagrams, and models to represent scientific ideas. Diagrams, Sketches, and Models nonscored 3630
Science Models nonscored 3631
Lesson Quiz: Show Scientific Ideas quiz
Predictions & Inferences: Make predictions and inferences based on observations. Inferences and Predictions nonscored 3632
Making Inferences and Accurate Predictions nonscored 3633
Lesson Quiz: Predictions & Inferences quiz
Use of Tables & Graphs: Use tables and graphs to identify patterns of change. Tables and Graphs nonscored 3634
Identify Patterns of Change nonscored 3635
Lesson Quiz: Use of Tables & Graphs quiz
Scientific Contributions: Use reference materials to obtain information about the contributions of Alexander Graham Bell (sound), Copernicus (astronomy), Mae Jemison (exploration of space), and John Muir (ecology). Using Reference Materials nonscored 3636 alertanswerkey
Gathering Background Information nonscored 3637
Lesson Quiz: Scientific Contributions quiz
Explaining Concepts: Conclude that events or concepts can be explained by collecting, organizing, and interpreting data. Collecting, Organizing and Interpreting Data nonscored 3638
Data Investigation nonscored 3639
Lesson Quiz: Explaining Concepts quiz
Scientific Discoveries: Identify specific scientific discoveries that have helped or hindered scientific progress in understanding human health and the environment. Science News nonscored 3642
Wild Discoveries nonscored 3643
Lesson Quiz: Scientific Discoveries quiz
Scientific Processes: Describe how the use of scientific knowledge can help people solve problems, make decisions, and form new ideas. Puzzling Problems nonscored 3644
Problem Solvers nonscored 3645
Lesson Quiz: Scientific Processes quiz
Chapter Test: Scientific Investigation

quiz Test
Chapter 2: "Nature of Matter"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Physical Properties: Determine the physical properties of matter using customary and metric measurements that incorporate tools such as rulers, thermometers, and balances. Measure Up! nonscored 3540
For Good Measure nonscored 3541
Lesson Quiz: Physical Properties quiz
Physical Changes: Identify matter as liquids, solids, and gases. Identify and describe examples of physical changes in the states of matter produced by heating and cooling. Ice, Water, Steam nonscored 3542
What Is Matter? nonscored 3543
Lesson Quiz: Physical Changes quiz
Weight: Investigate and realize that the weight of an object is equal to the sum of the weights of its parts. Matter and Weight nonscored 3544
Investigating Weight nonscored 3545
Lesson Quiz: Weight quiz
Observation: Use hand lenses to observe and document minute physical properties of objects. Through the Looking Glass nonscored 3546
Look Closely nonscored 3547
Lesson Quiz: Observation quiz
Chapter Test: Nature of Matter

quiz Test
Chapter 3: "Energy, Force and Motion"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Heat & Light Objects: Identify objects that emit heat and light. Heat and Light nonscored 3648
Turn On the Heat! nonscored 3649
Lesson Quiz: Heat & Light Objects quiz
Forms of Energy: Identify different forms of energy, such as heat, light, and sound. Different Forms of Energy nonscored 3650
Earth's Neighbors nonscored 3609
Energy Makers nonscored 3651
Lesson Quiz: Forms of Energy quiz
Role of Sun: Demonstrate an understanding that the Sun provides energy for Earth in the form of heat and light. Forms of Solar Energy nonscored 3652
Solar Energy nonscored 3653
Lesson Quiz: Role of Sun quiz
Sources of Heat: Demonstrate understanding that heat can be produced by chemical reactions, electrical machines, and friction. Heat Producers nonscored 3654
Understanding Heat nonscored 3655
Lesson Quiz: Sources of Heat quiz
Measuring Energy: Identify and use a variety of tools to measure the gain or loss of energy. When You're Hot, You're Hot nonscored 3656
Lesson Quiz: Measuring Energy quiz
Heat Transference: Demonstrate understanding that when a warmer object comes in contact with a cooler one, the warm object loses heat and the cool one gains it (until they are both the same temperature). Hot and Cold nonscored 3658
Cold and Hot nonscored 3659
Lesson Quiz: Heat Transference quiz
Energy for Life: Demonstrate understanding that some source of energy is needed for organisms to stay alive and grow. Food for Thought nonscored 3661
Lesson Quiz: Energy for Life quiz
Natural Resources: Identify natural resources and their importance. Natural Resources nonscored 3662
Naturally Made nonscored 3663
Lesson Quiz: Natural Resources quiz
Renewable/Nonrenewable: Classify resources as renewable or nonrenewable. Describe uses for renewable and nonrenewable resources. Resourceful nonscored 3664
Resources and You nonscored 3665
Lesson Quiz: Renewable/Nonrenewable quiz
Effects on Environment: Identify ways that using natural resources for producing energy affects the environment. Energy Resource nonscored 3666
Power for the People nonscored 3667
Lesson Quiz: Effects on Environment quiz
Energy Causes Motion: Describe how energy is necessary to create a force that can cause motion. Be Forceful! nonscored 3668
Don't Force It! nonscored 3669
Lesson Quiz: Energy Causes Motion quiz
Motion of Objects: Describe the motion of various objects, including forward, circular, and wave motions. Force and Motion nonscored 3670
Motion of Objects nonscored 3671
Lesson Quiz: Motion of Objects quiz
Elements of Waves: Identify the characteristics of waves, including crest, trough, and length. Waves in Motion nonscored 3672
Characteristics of Waves nonscored 3673
Lesson Quiz: Elements of Waves quiz
Simple Machines: Identify these six types of simple machines: screw; inclined plane; wedge; pulley; lever; wheel and axle. Simple Machines = Simple Work nonscored 3674
Lesson Quiz: Simple Machines quiz
Force Causes: Demonstrate understanding that force causes change. Changes nonscored 3676
Forceful nonscored 3677
Lesson Quiz: Force Causes quiz
Position/Direction of Objects: Measure and record changes in the position and direction of the motion of an object on which force (such as a push or pull) has been applied. Sock Hop nonscored 3679
Lesson Quiz: Position/Direction of Objects quiz
Chapter Test: Energy, Force and Motion

quiz Test
Chapter 4: "Effects on the Shape of Earth"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Factors of Surface Changes: Demonstrate understanding that the surface of Earth can be changed by forces such as earthquakes, glaciers, and volcanoes. Forces that Change Landforms nonscored 34003
The Changing Planet nonscored 3548 alertanswerkey
Focus of Change nonscored 3549
Lesson Quiz: Factors of Surface Changes quiz
Origins of Small Rocks: Demonstrate understanding that smaller rocks come from the breaking and weathering of bedrock and larger rocks. Rocks and Sand nonscored 3550
Sand and Rocks nonscored 3551
Lesson Quiz: Origins of Small Rocks quiz
Amount of Water: Demonstrate understanding that about 75 percent of Earth's surface is covered by water, and describe the stages of the water cycle. Thirsty Anyone? nonscored 3552
Water Wise nonscored 3553
Lesson Quiz: Amount of Water quiz
Weathering & Erosion: Identify and describe characteristics of the process of weathering and erosion, such as weathering of landforms and erosion of soil. Weathering Heights nonscored 34012
Erosion nonscored 34002
Changing Earth's Surface nonscored 3555
Weathering and Erosion nonscored 3554
Lesson Quiz: Weathering & Erosion quiz
Recycling: Identify and describe reusing, recycling, and reducing and how these processes improve and protect the condition of Earth. Recycling Rules nonscored 34011
One Planet nonscored 3557
Closing the Loop nonscored 3556
Lesson Quiz: Recycling quiz
Chapter Test: Effects on the Shape of Earth

quiz Test
Chapter 5: "Ecology"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Habitats: Identify habitats and the relationships among organisms and their environment. Where Is My Home? nonscored 3558 alertanswerkey
Habitats nonscored 3559
Lesson Quiz: Habitats quiz
Balance of Nature: Describe the concept of the balance of nature, and know that nature is constantly changing. Balance of Nature nonscored 3560
Balancing Act nonscored 3561
Lesson Quiz: Balance of Nature quiz
Food Chain: Identify and describe the food chain: producers, consumers, and decomposers. Food Chain nonscored 3562
Team Players nonscored 3563
Lesson Quiz: Food Chain quiz
Effects on Ecosystems: Identify the concept of an ecosystem and how ecosystems can be affected by changes in environment such as precipitation, food supply, and changes caused by humans. Ecosystems nonscored 3564
Living Environments nonscored 3565
Lesson Quiz: Effects on Ecosystems quiz
Environmental Threats: Identify and describe man-made threats to the Environment (such as air and water pollution caused by emissions, smog, industrial waste, and chemical run-off). Pollution nonscored 3566
Man and the Environment nonscored 3567
Lesson Quiz: Environmental Threats quiz
Environmental Protection: Describe measures people can take to protect the environment. Protecting the Environment nonscored 3568
Keep It Clean nonscored 3569
Lesson Quiz: Environmental Protection quiz
Extinction: The learner will understand that some kinds of organisms that once lived on earth have completely disappeared. Extinction Blues nonscored 34014
Lesson Quiz: Extinction quiz
Chapter Test: Ecology

quiz Test
Chapter 6: "Life/Environment Interact"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Animal & Plant Link: Describe the various ways that animals depend on plants for survival (including food, shelter, and oxygen). Magic 8-Ball nonscored 34013
If You Plant It, They Will Come nonscored 3571
Plants Are Our Friends nonscored 3570
Lesson Quiz: Animal & Plant Link quiz
Modifying the Environment: Describe how living organisms (for example, beavers and birds) modify their physical environment to meet their needs. Housekeeping nonscored 3572
Behaviors nonscored 3573
Lesson Quiz: Modifying the Environment quiz
React to Changing Environment: Understand that when the environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce, and others die or move to new locations. Frozen Room Theory nonscored 34033
Lesson Quiz: React to Changing Environment quiz
Extinction: Identify organisms that once lived on earth, and have completely disappeared. Extinction Blues nonscored 34034
Lesson Quiz: Extinction quiz
Vertebrate Animals: Identify the distinguishing characteristics of vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians). Show Some Backbone nonscored 33999
Backbones nonscored 3575
Do You Have a Backbone? nonscored 3680
Vertebrates nonscored 3574
Lesson Quiz: Vertebrate Animals quiz
Invertebrate Animals: Identify the distinguishing characteristics of invertebrate animals: flatworms, centipedes, sun jellyfish, black widow spiders, and octopuses. Animals without Backbones nonscored 3576
Invertebrates nonscored 3577
Lesson Quiz: Invertebrate Animals quiz
Comparing Plants: Identify similarities and differences among plants. The World of Plants nonscored 3578
Plants nonscored 3579
Lesson Quiz: Comparing Plants
Compare Plants & Animals: Identify similarities and differences between plants and animals. (Similarities include: both plants and animals have structures for reproduction, respiration, and growth.) Plantanimals nonscored 3580
Plants Versus Animals nonscored 3581
Lesson Quiz: Compare Plants & Animals quiz
Organism Competition: Identify ways that organisms with similar needs compete with one another for resources (such as oxygen, water, food, and space). Competition nonscored 3582
Resources nonscored 3583
Lesson Quiz: Organism Competition quiz
Organisms & Animals Adapt: Identify behavioral and structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in an environment. Prepare to Adapt nonscored 3584
Fitting In nonscored 3585
Adaptations nonscored 34035
Changing with the Season nonscored 34038
Lesson Quiz: Organisms & Animals Adapt quiz
Classifying Organisms: Demonstrate understanding that living organisms get energy from the food they eat and that living things are classified as producers, consumers, carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Producers and Consumers nonscored 3586
Energize! nonscored 3587
Lesson Quiz: Classifying Organisms quiz
Population Constraints: Demonstrate understanding that the size of a population is dependent upon the available resources. Population Size nonscored 3588
Population nonscored 3589
Lesson Quiz: Population Constraints quiz
Chapter Test: Life/Environment Interact

quiz Test
Chapter 7: "Light & Sound"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Travel of Light: Demonstrate understanding that light travels in straight lines at extremely high speeds (and forms shadows). Light Speed nonscored 3590
High Speed Light nonscored 3591
Lesson Quiz: Travel of Light quiz
Uses for Lenses: Identify and describe uses for lenses. (These include: magnification, microscopes, cameras, and telescopes). Lenses nonscored 3598
Magnify Me! nonscored 3599
Lesson Quiz: Uses for Lenses quiz
Characteristics of Sound: Identify the characteristics of sound. (Some characteristics include: an object vibrating rapidly causes sound; sound travels through solids, liquids, and gases; sound travels much slower than light). Sound Wave nonscored 3600
Traveling Sound nonscored 3601
Lesson Quiz: Characteristics of Sound quiz
Qualities of Pitch: Identify and describe the qualities of pitch (high or low) and intensity (loudness and softness). Behavior of Sound Waves nonscored 3602
Sound Movement nonscored 3603
Lesson Quiz: Qualities of Pitch quiz
Human Voice & Hearing: Demonstrate understanding about hearing (how the ear works), and how to protect your hearing. Demonstrate understanding about the human voice. (The larynx has vibrating vocal cords. Longer, thicker cords create lower, deeper voices). Speech and Hearing nonscored 3604 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Human Voice & Hearing quiz
Chapter Test: Light & Sound

quiz Test
Chapter 8: "Astronomy"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Universe & Galaxies: Identify and describe the universe and galaxies, including the Milky Way and Andromeda. The Whole Universe nonscored 3606 alertanswerkey
Expanding Universe nonscored 3607
Lesson Quiz: Universe & Galaxies quiz
Effects of Planetary Motions: Identify the planetary motions of rotating and revolving and their effects on Earth, including the causes of day, night, and the seasons. Also identify where the sun rises (east) and sets (west), that days and nights change in length throughout the year, and the effect of the earth's tilted axis on the seasons. Planetary Motion nonscored 3610
Keep on Spinning nonscored 34032
Lesson Quiz: Effects of Planetary Motions quiz
Gravitational Effects: Demonstrate an understanding of the gravitational effect of the Moon (and to a lesser degree, the Sun) on the Earth's tides. Tidal Zone nonscored 3612
Lesson Quiz: Gravitational Effects quiz
Asteroid, Meteor, Comet: Identify characteristics of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets (include Haley's comet). Space Stuff nonscored 3616 alertanswerkey
Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets nonscored 3617
Lesson Quiz: Asteroid, Meteor, Comet quiz
Solar Eclipse: Describe the cause of a solar eclipse. Solar Eclipse nonscored 3618
Solar Shadows nonscored 3619 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Solar Eclipse quiz
Space Exploration: Investigate and record data about space exploration that includes telescopes, rockets, satellites, the first moon landing, by Apollo 11, and the space shuttles. Space Exploration nonscored 3622
Exploration Investigation nonscored 3623
Lesson Quiz: Space Exploration quiz
Chapter Test: Astronomy

quiz Test
Chapter 9: "Eras on Earth"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Mesozoic Era: The learner will discover the Mesozoic Eras on Earth. Trip to the Triassic nonscored 34029
Chillin' in the Cretaceous scored 34030
Journey to the Jurassic nonscored 34031
Lesson Quiz: Mesozoic Era quiz
Chapter Test: Eras on Earth

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