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3rd Grade Science Lesson Plans–2002 Science Core

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. They have all been written by teachers of Utah. 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 at

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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.

  1. Comparing Earth and Moon
  2. The Appearance of the Moon
  3. What is Moonlight?
  4. How Big are Earth, Sun, and Moon?
  5. Earth s Round?
  6. The Earth is Flat
  7. How are Moon Craters Made?
  8. 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.

  1. Day and Night
  2. Making a Sundial
  3. Celestial Model
  4. Moon Phases
  5. Moon Observations
  6. The Night Sky
  7. A Moon with a View
  8. Earth and Moon Orbits
  9. Physically Looking At the Moon Phases

Resources for Standard I

  1. The Moon Standard and ILOs
  2. The Moon Shared Reading
  3. The Moon Assessment
  4. Lunar Cycle Chart
  5. The Moon Observation Chart
  6. Moon Flip Book
  7. The Four Phase Dates of the Moon for Each Month
  8. The Moon Finder
  9. "Where to Find the Moon" 4-Day and 8-Day Chart
  10. Complete Moon Cycle Phases
  11. Making the Phases of the Moon For the Moon Cycle
    1. New Moon Picture
    2. Waxing Crescent Picture
    3. First Quarter Picture
    4. Waxing Gibbous Picture
    5. Full Moon Picture
    6. Waning Gibbous Picture
    7. Third Quarter Picture
    8. Waning Crescent Picture
    9. Moon Phase Cards
    10. Light is Increasing
    11. Light is Decreasing
  12. Earth-Moon-Sun Powerpoint
  13. Moon Phases PowerPoint
  14. Moon Resources
  15. Moon
  16. Moon Pie Plate
  17. Jack and Jill on the Moon Literacy Lesson Plan
  18. 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.

  1. Introduction to Living and Nonliving
  2. Going on a Living and Nonliving Hunt
  3. Cells
  4. What It Is, What It Isn't
  5. Living and Nonliving

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the interactions between living and nonliving things in a small environment.

  1. Greenhouses
  2. Terrariums/Aquariums
  3. Plot Studies
  4. Disguise! Disguise!
  5. What's in the Dirt?
  6. Shrink to Fit
  7. The Ant Attack
  8. What's Different About These Worms?
  9. Making a Mini Worm Habitat
  10. Lesson Plans for Living and Nonliving interactions with plants and animals.
    1. Day One Lesson Plan: Difference Between Living and Nonliving
      1. Living-Nonliving Sheets
      2. Virtual School Yard Hunt Paper
    2. Day Two Lesson Plan: The Effects of Nonliving Elements on Plants
      1. Nonliving Things Needed by Plants
      2. Pea Plant Terrarium Photo
      3. Plant Experiment Observation Paper
      4. 3Vitamins and Minerals For our Body
    3. Day Three Lesson Plan: Animals Need Living and Nonliving Things
      1. Animal Uses of Living-Nonliving Things
      2. Animal Living-Nonliving Uses Chart
      3. "Food Water Shelter" Activity Paper
      4. "Animal Characteristics for Survival" Pictures

Resources for Standard II

  1. The Living and Nonliving Standard and ILOs
  2. The Living and Nonliving Shared Reading
  3. The Living and Nonliving Assessment
  4. Color in the Garden
  5. Youtube Videos

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.

  1. Push and Pull
  2. Zoom Balls
  3. Weighty Mistakes
    1. Weighty Mistakes Recording Sheet
  4. Rolling Along
  5. Simple Machines
  6. Move It, Sir Isaac!
  7. Lifting the Load
  8. The Larger It Is The Harder It Falls
  9. Catapult Creations
  10. Forces and Motions With Simple Machines
  11. Caveman Sam Simple Machines Activity
    1. Caveman Sam Simple Machines Pictures
    2. Caveman Sam Simple Machine Journal
    3. Caveman Sam Simple Machine Literacy
    4. Caveman Sam Simple Machine Drawings

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Demonstrate that the greater the force to an object, the greater the change in speed or direction of the object.

  1. Collision Zone
    1. Collision Zone I Recording Sheet
    2. Collision Zone II Recording Sheet
  2. Balloon Rockets
  3. May the Force Be With You
    1. Making the Marshmallow Blower
  4. Rock-A-Bye Pendulum
  5. Hammer Time
    1. Making the Hammer Time Hammer
    2. Hammer Time Recording Sheet
  6. May the Best Force Win
  7. Super Paper Airplanes
  8. I Can Lift You With One Finger
  9. Foam Rockets
  10. Wire Catapult Launch
    1. Wire Hanger Catapult Launch Recording Sheet

Resources for Standard III

  1. The Forces and Motion Standard and ILOs
  2. The Forces and Motion Shared Reading
  3. Forces and Motion Assessment
  4. Simple Machines YouTube Videos
  5. Collision Zone I Recording Sheet
  6. Hammer Time Recording Sheet
  7. Weighty Mistakes Recording Sheet
  8. Wire Hanger Catapult Launch Recording Sheet
  9. Online Learning Fun With Physics
  10. Simple Machine YouTube Videos 2

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.

  1. I'm Falling For You
    1. I'm Falling For You Record Sheet
  2. Jump
  3. Draggin' Me Down
    1. Draggin' Me Down Recording Sheet
  4. Weighing In
  5. It's a Weighty Matter
  6. Gravity--May the Force Be With You
  7. How Fast Does Paper Fall?
    1. Gravity and Falling Objects Worksheet
  8. Making Craters Activity
    1. Making Craters Recording Sheet
    2. Making Craters Graphing Sheet

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the effects of gravity on the motion of an object.

  1. Roller Coaster Fun
    1. Roller Coaster Fun Recording Sheet
    2. Roller Coaster Instructions
  2. The Force of Gravity
    1. Tubes and Marbles Recording Sheet
  3. Tubularasic Roller Coaster
  4. Mr. and Miss Big Feet
  5. Tissue Parachutes
  6. Jack and Jill Down the Hill
  7. FrictionBoard Experiment
    1.  Friction Board Recording Sheet
    2. Friction Board Experiment PPT
  8. Energy Against Gravity Experiment
    1. Energy Against Gravity Graphing Sheet
  9. The Weight in The Truck Experiment
    1. The Weight in The Truck Experiment PowerPoint
  10. Cars and Ramps Experiment
    1. Cars and Ramps Experiment Worksheet

Resources for Standard IV

  1. Gravity Standard and ILOs
  2. Gravity Shared Reading
  3. Gravity Assessment
  4. Bowling Ball and Feather Free Fall Video
  5. Gravity YouTube Videos
  6. Online Learning Fun With Physics

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.

  1. Is It Hot in the Light?
  2. Green Apples
  3. It's Hot
  4. Heat Misconceptions
    1. Gloves and Heat Lesson
  5. Sun or Shade
  6. Don't Marry the Mole
  7. Make a Refrigerator
  8. Here Comes the Sun
  9. Managing Heat
  10. Our Friend, The Sun
  11. Fun in the Sun and Shade
  12. Sunlight Necklaces
  13. Heat and Insulation Lesson Plan
    1. Heat and Insulation Recording Sheet and Graph 1
    2. Heat and Insulation Recording Sheet and Graph 2
    3. Heat and Insulation Recording Sheet and Graph 3
    4. Heat and Insulation Questions
  14. Temperature of Different Surfaces Lesson Plan
    1. Temperatures of Different Surfaces Recording Sheet
    2. Graph for Surfaces
    3. Temperatures of Different Surfaces Questions
  15. Temperatures We Need To Know Lesson Plan
    1.  Temperatures We Need to Know Recording Sheet
    2. Temperatures We Need to Know Graph and Questions
    3. Temperature We Need to Know Station Words
  16. Where are the Hottest Places on the Playground? Lesson Plan
    1. Where are the Hottest Places on the Playground? Recording Sheet, Fahrenheit
    2. Where are the Hottest Places on the Playground? Recording Sheet, Celsius
    3. Temperatures of Different Surfaces Questions

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Demonstrate that mechanical and electrical machines produce heat and sometimes light.

  1. The Little Orange Rooster
  2. Heat from Machines
  3. Things are Heating Up 2
  4. Temperatures of Operating Devices

Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Demonstrate that heat may be produced when objects are rubbed against one another.

  1. Rubbing Objects Together
  2. Things are Heating Up 1

Resources for Standard V

  1. Heat and Light Standard and ILOs
  2. Heat and Light Shared Reading
  3. Heat and Light Assessment
  4. Online Learning Fun With Physics