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3rd Grade Science Lesson Plans

3rd Grade Science Lesson Plans
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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.

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.

If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos. Members often use this page as a resource for more detailed planning, to choose specific activities using the activity finder, or to compare our curriculum with state standards.

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3rd Grade Science Curriculum Lessons

Total Activities: 106

Changes in Motion focuses on motion and the forces (like gravity and friction) that can change it as well as patterns of motion that can be predicted.
Electricity & Magnetism focuses on the invisible forces of static electricity and magnetism as well as conductors and insulators and current electricity.
Life Cycles focuses on the fact that all living things (plants and animals) have a unique life cycle but that they all include the stages of birth, growth and development, reproduction, and death.
Inheritance & Environment focuses on traits of living things and how they can be inherited or acquired, or influenced by the environment.
Adaptations & Variations focuses on changes in behavior and physical characteristics that can happen in a species, based on their needs and their environment.
Weather & Climate focuses students’ attention on designing solutions for weather related hazards as well as weather patterns and the affects of weather on our every day lives.
Our Solar System focuses on the sun, our eight planets and other smaller bodies orbiting within our solar system.

In the motion module, students can combine science with art by making spin paintings.

This is a fun and sometimes messy way to demonstrate the affect of motion and velocity.

Motion and velocity

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Lesson Activity Finder Tool

The lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.
Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the Parent Dashboard.
The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student Dashboard. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.
For additional information, please visit our hints and help section, which gives more details about the activity finder.

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