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Force and Motion Third Grade Science Unit NGSS

Linda Kamp
Grade Levels
3rd, Homeschool
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256 pgs. + 120 slide PowerPoint
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  1. This third grade science bundle includes both print and digital versions of Forces & Motion | NGSS. It includes EVERYTHING you need to teach, practice, experiment, and assess 27 days of NGSS aligned lessons on forces, motion, electricity, magnets, and magnetism.Students learn: · Patterns of Moti
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This third grade force and motion resource is a complete unit to teach forces, motion, and magnets aligned to NGSS as well as many 3rd grade state science standards.

Students are engaged through 23 high-interest lessons in a vividly detailed teaching Power Point. During each lesson students are presented with engineering connections and real-world problems that enable them to understand how forces, motion, electricity, and magnetism are used in their everyday lives. Students gain lab experience and use science process skill as they plan and carry out investigations and experiments. Lessons are followed up by science journal activities that reinforce the lesson, turn and talk partner discussion questions, and partner activity labs.

Assessing each lesson is easily differentiated using the fill in the blank option or the short, written response format. A unit test concludes the unit.

This resource includes detailed, scripted lesson plans, focus wall guiding questions posters and objectives cards, science center extension activities, and related lesson videos and books list all in a helpful planning binder. I’ve made it easier than ever to plan and teach a highly engaging and effective science unit, stress-free!


-A complete Teacher’s Guide with a 31-day Pacing Guide

-Standards alignment pages with NGSS, TEKS, and CCSS for each lesson

-Detailed, scripted lesson plans. Each lesson takes 4-7 days to teach.

-7 Hands-on, investigations with lab procedures and step-by-step direction with photos.

-8 Partner activity labs

-6 Chapter Teaching Power Point to guide you through 23 engaging lessons with Turn and Talk partner discussion and Independent Activity slides after each lesson.

-Science Focus Wall with essential question and learning target posters

-Student science journal booklet with activity pages to support each lesson

-Vocabulary cards + full page posters

-Quick Check/Exit Tickets in 2 formats for each lesson (short written response or fill in the blank) with answer keys

-Final Assessment & Answer Keys

-Related videos and book list

4 Literacy & Math-Based Science Centers

These games and task cards are ideal to add to your literacy centers to reinforce science content as students practice these skills:


Cause & Effect

Visual Literacy

Mathematical Practice


Lesson 1.1 Position and Motion

Lesson 1.2 Measuring Motion

Lesson 1 Lab: How does shape affect motion?

Lesson 2.1 Patterns of Motion

Lesson 2.2 Patterns Can Change

Lesson 2 Lab: Predicting Patterns

Lesson 3.1 Forces and Motion

Lesson 3.2 Contact & Noncontact Forces

Lesson 3 Lab: Chain reactions

Lesson 4.1 Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

Lesson 4.2 Combined Forces

Lesson 4.3 Measuring Force

Lesson 4.4 The Floating Train

Lesson 4 Lab: How can forces hold up objects?

Lesson 5.1 Exploring Electricity

Lesson 5.2 Static Electricity

Lesson 5.3 Determining the Strength of a Force

Lesson 5 Lab: How can electric force levitate objects

Lesson 6.1 Magnets and Magnetism

Lesson 6.2 Magnetic Fields

Lesson 6.3 Electromagnets

Lesson 6 Lab 1: How can you measure the size of a magnetic field?

Lesson 6 Lab 2: How can magnets sort objects by weight?

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Happy teaching!

Linda Kamp

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Total Pages
256 pgs. + 120 slide PowerPoint
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets. Examples of problems could include constructing a latch to keep a door shut and creating a device to keep two moving objects from touching each other.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other. Examples of an electric force could include the force on hair from an electrically charged balloon and the electrical forces between a charged rod and pieces of paper; examples of a magnetic force could include the force between two permanent magnets, the force between an electromagnet and steel paperclips, and the force exerted by one magnet versus the force exerted by two magnets. Examples of cause and effect relationships could include how the distance between objects affects strength of the force and how the orientation of magnets affects the direction of the magnetic force. Assessment is limited to forces produced by objects that can be manipulated by students, and electrical interactions are limited to static electricity.
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.


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