3rd Grade Science Lesson Plans
These 3rd grade science lesson plans consists of all the lesson plans that were written for the 3rd grade science core taken from the State Science Teacher Resource Book and from the Elementary CORE Academies from 2002 through 2010. Some of them are ones that I have written to fill in some gaps. Others lessons and resources will be added as time goes on. If you have a particular lesson or resource that you want to share for this webpage, please contact me. If you have questions on a certain lesson plan, please contact me.
These lesson plans are here to help you teach science where you won’t need to search. When all the lesson plans are taught, you will have covered all the objectives and indicators for each standard. They are generally in the order each standard is presented. If you use them and you see mistakes in the writing, content, or something is not coming through, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will fix them. Feedback is welcome.
Standard I: The Earth and Moon–Students will understand that the shape of Earth and the moon are spherical and that Earth rotates on its axis to produce the appearance of the sun and moon moving through the sky.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Describe the appearance of Earth and the moon.
- Comparing Earth and Moon
- The Appearance of the Moon
- What is Moonlight?
- How Big are Earth, Sun, and Moon?
- Earth s Round?
- The Earth is Flat
- How are Moon Craters Made?
- The Moon Seems to Change Each Day
Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Describe the movement of Earth and the moon and the apparent movement of other bodies in the sky.
- Day and Night
- Making a Sundial
- Celestial Model
- Moon Phases
- Moon Observations
- The Night Sky
- A Moon with a View
- Earth and Moon Orbits
- Physically Looking At the Moon Phases
Resources for Standard I
- The Moon Standard and ILOs
- The Moon Shared Reading
- The Moon Assessment
- Lunar Cycle Chart
- The Moon Observation Chart
- Moon Flip Book
- The Four Phase Dates of the Moon for Each Month
- The Moon Finder
- “Where to Find the Moon” 4-Day Chart
- “Where to Find the Moon” 8-Day Chart
- Complete Moon Cycle Phases
- Making the Phases of the Moon For the Moon Cycle
- Earth-Moon-Sun Powerpoint
- Moon Phase PowerPoint
- Moon Resources
- Moon Finder.mov
- Moon Pie Plate
- Jack and Jill on the Moon Literacy Lesson Plan
- Jack and Jill Literacy Allegory of the Moon
Standard II: Living and Nonliving–Students will understand that organisms depend on living and nonliving things within their environment.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Classify living and nonliving things in an environment.
- Introduction to Living and Nonliving
- Going on a Living and Nonliving Hunt
- What It Is, What It Isn’t
- Living and Nonliving
Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Describe the interactions between living and nonliving things in a small environment.
- Plot Studies
- Disguise! Disguise!
- What’s in the Dirt?
- Shrink to Fit
- The Ant Attack
- What’s Different About These Worms?
- Making a Mini Worm Habitat
- Lesson Plans for Living and Nonliving interactions with plants and animals.
- Day One Lesson Plan: Difference Between Living and Nonliving
- Day Two Lesson Plan: The Effects of Nonliving Elements on Plants
- Day Three Lesson Plan: Animals Need Living and Nonliving Things
Resources for Standard II
- The Living and Nonliving Standard and ILOs
- The Living and Nonliving Shared Reading
- The Living and Nonliving Assessment
- Color in the Garden
Standard III: Forces and Motion–Students will understand the relationship between the force applied to an object and resulting motion of the object.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Demonstrate how forces cause changes in speed or direction of objects.
- Push and Pull
- Zoom Balls
- Weighty Mistakes
- Rolling Along
- Simple Machines
- Move It, Sir Isaac!
- Lifting the Load
- The Larger It Is The Harder It Falls
- Catapult Creations
- Forces and Motions With Simple Machines
- Caveman Sam Simple Machines Activity
Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Demonstrate that the greater the force to an object, the greater the change in speed or direction of the object.
- Collision Zone
- Balloon Rockets
- May the Force Be With You
- Rock-A-Bye Pendulum
- Hammer Time
- May the Best Force Win
- Super Paper Airplanes
- I Can Lift You With One Finger
- Foam Rockets
- Wire Catapult Launch
Resources for Standard III
- The Forces and Motion Standard and ILOs
- The Forces and Motion Shared Reading
- Forces and Motion Assessment
- Simple Machines YouTube Videos
- Collision Zone I Recording Sheet
- Hammer Time Recording Sheet
- Weighty Mistakes Recording Sheet
- Wire Hanger Catapult Launch Recording Sheet
Standard IV: Gravity–Students will understand that objects near Earth are pulled toward Earth by gravity.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Demonstrate that gravity is a force.
- I’m Falling For You
- Draggin’ Me Down
- Weighing In
- It’s a Weighty Matter
- Gravity–May the Force Be With You
- How Fast Does Paper Fall?
- Making Craters Activity
Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Describe the effects of gravity on the motion of an object.
- Roller Coaster Fun
- The Force of Gravity
- Tubularasic Roller Coaster
- Mr. and Miss Big Feet
- Tissue Parachutes
- Jack and Jill Down the Hill
- FrictionBoard Experiment
- Energy Against Gravity Experiment
- The Weight in The Truck Experiment
Resources for Standard IV
- Gravity Standard and ILOs
- Gravity Shared Reading
- Gravity Assessment
- Bowling Ball and Feather Freefall Video
- Gravity YouTube Videos
Standard V: Heat and Light–Students will understand that the sun is the main source of heat and light for things living on Earth. They will also understand that the motion of rubbing objects together may produce heat.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans–Provide evidence that the sun is the source of heat and light for the Earth.
- Is It Hot in the Light?
- Green Apples
- It’s Hot
- Heat Misconceptions
- Sun or Shade
- Don’t Marry the Mole
- Make a Refrigerator
- Here Comes the Sun
- Managing Heat
- Our Friend, The Sun
- Fun in the Sun and Shade
- Sunlight Necklaces
- Heat and Insulation Lesson Plan
- Temperature of Different Surfaces Lesson Plan
- Temperatures We Need To Know Lesson Plan
- Where are the Hottest Places on the Playground? Lesson Plan
Objective 2 Lesson Plans–Demonstrate that mechanical and electrical machines produce heat and sometimes light.
- The Little Orange Rooster
- Heat from Machines
- Things are Heating Up 2
- Temperatures of Operating Devices