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Third Grade Homeschool Science Curriculum

Third Grade Homeschool Science Curriculum
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This year, students will get hands on with third grade science as they observe, investigate and experiment. Not only will they learn new concepts, but they will also dive into more complex studies on material from previous years such as Earth/space, life science, and physical science.

Learn more about how Time4Learning’s third grade science curriculum can help your child understand and appreciate the world around them.

What Do Third Graders Learn in Science?

In third grade, students learn about the invisible forces of static electricity and magnetism, the different ecosystems and the species in them among other concepts. As students learn scientific facts, they are expanding their vocabulary and strengthening their reading fluency and comprehension skills.

Third graders start to develop the ability to ask scientific questions, plan and carry out simple experiments and start to develop hypotheses based on their observations.

Although science standards will vary by state, some of the concepts you can expect to see in any third grade science curriculum include:

  • Changes in motion caused by forces (gravity, friction)
  • Electricity and magnetism (conductors, insulators)
  • Weather and climate
  • Forms of energy (heat, light, sound)
  • Ecology (food chains, ecosystems, balance of nature, adaptations)

To see how a third grade science sequence can look, check out Time4Learning’s third grade science lessons below.

Third Grade Science Objectives

Making sure your third grader accomplishes their learning objectives for science is a must to set them up for success for advancing concepts in upcoming years. Since homeschooling laws vary based on where you live, be sure to find out what your state’s homeschool requirements are when it comes to third grade science objectives.

Typically, you’ll find that science objectives for third grade include the following:

  • Makes inferences about their observations, collects data and records information
  • Understands life cycles of both plants and animals
  • Knows the different processes (weathering, erosion) that shape Earth’s features
  • Understands how different organisms interact with their environment

Time4Learning’s Third Grade Science Lessons

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.

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Why Choose Time4Learning Third Grade Science Curriculum

Time4Learning wants to make sure you focus on the fun part of educating your child and less on the administrative part. Our interactive program teaches third grade students all the scientific facts they need to learn with fun and engaging animated lessons. Our third grade science curriculum empowers students and gives them the confidence to ask questions and get hands on.

For parents, we provide an easy way to provide quality education for their children and not have to worry about grading, lesson planning or recordkeeping. Just log into the parent dashboard to monitor your child’s performance, print reports for your homeschool portfolios and you’re good to go!

Learn more about our online third grade homeschool curriculum, designed to help your child learn and master their fundamental concepts.

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