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Grade 3

Focus Statement: Students will analyze the characteristics of plant and animal life cycles to distinguish their differences.

High Achievement Outcome
“I Can” statement

SE.3.1 Students will identify and distinguish that all living things have certain needs and structures in common which include plants and animals that help them survive.
Compare nonliving and living things, also describe what living things need to survive
FA 3.1.1

List plant structures to their functions and describe how plants are classified.
FA 3.1.2

Describe what an animal needs to survive and how an animal meets its needs.
FA 3.1.3

SE.3.2 Students will identify plant and animal life cycles that describe how they grow, develop, and reproduce.
Identify two major groups of animals and classify them into groups based on their structures.
FA 3.1.4

Identify and understand how plants grow and reproduce.
FA 3.2.1

Recognize the life cycles of different types of plants.
FA 3.2.2

Identify the different stages that animals go through in a life cycle and compare the life cycles of different kinds of animals.
FA 3.2.3

Explain how some traits are inherited from parents and distinguish between inherited and learned traits.
FA 3.2.4

SL.3.3 Students will compare and contrast living things interacting with non living things in different kinds of ecosystems, as energy is passed in food chains and webs.
Define an ecosystem and understand how energy moves through a food chain.
FA 3.3.1

Identify the roles of different organisms in a food web.
FA 3.3.2

Describe and identify different ecosystems and their characteristics.
FA 3.3.3

Recognize and explain adaptations that allow organisms to survive in certain environments.
FA 3.3.4

SL.3.4 Students will identify and explain how living things, natural disasters, and disease can change environments in helpful or harmful ways.
Identify ways that living things change their environment.
FA 3.4.1

Explain how different organisms compete with each other for food, water, and shelter.
FA 3.4.2

Describe how environmental changes affect living things and explain what it means for an animal to be endangered.
FA 3.4.3

Explain how scientists learn about ancient plants and animals by studying fossils
FA 3.4.4

Distinguish how present day organisms are similar to those that lived long ago.
FA 3.4.5

SE.3.5 Students will identify and distinguish the Earth’s surface with many features which can change suddenly because of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and floods, or slowly because of weathering and erosion.
Identify Earth’s landforms and the features of the ocean floor.
FA 3.5.1

Describe the layers of the Earth (crust, mantle, and core).
FA 3.5.2

Describe earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and their effects.
FA 3.5.3

Identify and describe the forces that cause weathering and erosion.
FA 3.5.4

SE.3.6 Students will identify and Explain the Earth’s resources including minerals, rocks, soil, air, water, and fossil fuels.
Compare and contrast properties of minerals.
FA 3.6.1

Describe how three main kinds of rocks
FA 3.6.2

Form igneous, sedimentary, and


Identify the components of soil.
FA 3.6.3

Compare and contrast different soils (clay, sandy, and loam).
FA 3.6.4

Describe how fossils form.
FA 3.6.5

List examples of fossil fuels and other
FA 3.6.6

Other sources of energy.

Describe how air and water are used as resources.
FA 3.6.7

SE.3.7 Students will explain how Weather is determined by the Conditions in the atmosphere At a certain time and in a certain place.
Define weather and describe different
FA 3.7.1

Characteristics of weather

Infer how condensation occurs and rain forms in the atmosphere.
FA 3.7.2

Describe the water cycle and relate it to weather.
FA 3.7.3

Explain why climate varies from place to place.
FA 3.7.4

Summarize how seasons differ from place to place.
FA 3.7.5

SE.3.8 Students will explain how the Earth, the Sun, the moon, the planets, and the stars move through space.
Explain what causes day and night and the seasons.
FA 3.8.1

Describe the sun.
FA 3.8.2

Identify the phases of the moon and explain why the moon seems to change shape.
FA 3.8.3

Describe features of the moon.
FA 3.8.4

Identify our solar system and describe the inner and outer planets.
FA 3.8.5

Describe stars and constellations and explain why different constellations can be seen during different seasons.
FA 3.8.6

SP.3.9 Students will explain and observe matter which can be described by physical properties and measured with tools that record standard units.
Define matter as anything that has mass and takes up space.
FA 3.9.1

Describe properties of matter and understand that properties can be used to identify matter.
FA 3.9.2

Measure matter using tools that record standard units.
FA 3.9.3

Compare and contrast weight and mass.
FA 3.9.4

Define the three common states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.
FA 3.9.5

Explain the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
FA 3.9.6

SP.3.10 Students will identify matter as it can undergo physical and chemical changes.
Measure and record temperature of water in different states.
FA 3.10.1

Identify the effect of heating and cooling matter.
FA 3.10.2

Define physical changes as those that do not change the identity of a material.
FA 3.10.3

Describe how to make and separate mixtures.
FA 3.10.4

Describe chemical changes and understand that chemical changes are part of everyday life..
FA 3.10.5

SP.3.11 Students will analyze motion changes due to alteration in force.
Describe and relate position and motion.
FA 3.11.1

Define speed using distance and time.
FA 3.11.2

Identify a force as a push or pull and relate force to motion as some common forces,
FA 3.11.3

Such as friction, gravity, and magnetism.

Define energy and work.
FA 3.11.4

Discuss the forms of energy and how energy changes from one form to another.
FA 3.11.5

Identify and describe simple machines and apply their uses to real-world tasks.
FA 3.11.6

Define what a compound machine is and give several examples.
FA 3.11.7

SP.3.12 Students will describe energy including heat, sound, light, and electricity.
Describe how heat moves.
FA 3.12.1

Compare insulators and conductors.
FA 3.12.2

Describe how vibrations produce sounds.
FA 3.12.3

Compare the pitch and volume of a sound.
FA 3.12.4

Explore how light travels and describe how colors are seen.
FA 3.12.5

Describe electrical charge.
FA 3.12.6

Identify the parts of circuit.
FA 3.12.7