This is a complete integrated unit for 3rd grade force and motion! This resource is full of hands-on inquiry based lesson plans, response pages and recording sheets, nonfiction passages for Close Reading aligned with 3rd grade CCSS for reading informational text, interactive notebook flaps and more!
3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the
motion of an object.
3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to
predict future motion.
3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and
constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the
criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify
aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
This resource is also aligned with Utah Core 3rd Grade Standard 3
Students will understand the relationship between the force applied to an object and resulting motion of the object.
Science concepts include:
Forces and motion
Balanced and unbalanced forces
Objects in motion
Newton's Three Laws of Motion
Planning an investigation
Push and Pull
Engineering and Design
Science and Engineering Practices Students Will Use:
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
The following resources are included in this unit:
Roller Coaster and Ball Launcher 3rd Grade 3-PS2-1 AND 3-PS2=2
STEM Balloon Rocket Lesson
Push and Pull With Magnets Lesson
Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
Balanced and Unbalanced Forces NGSS 3-PS2-1
Third Grade Objects In Motion 3-PS2-2
****Please note this resource only covers Force and Motion and does not cover the standards on Magnets. If you want a resource with all the physical standards for NGSS 3rd grade see
Complete Physical Science Unit for 3rd Grade NGSS 3-PS-1-4
This unit on force and motion is also included in a larger 3rd grade bundle
3rd Grade Science Lesson Bundle at 20% Savings
Please view some of my other resources for science:
Life Cycle of a Rabbit Close Reading Passage With Interactive Notebook Flaps
Close Reading Life cycle of a Butterfly With Interactive Notebook Inserts
Properties of Water Unit