Forces and Motion, Electricity and Magnetism Third Grade Science Unit NGSS

Linda Kamp
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3rd, Homeschool
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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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256 pgs. + 120 slide PowerPoint
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize-to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents-and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.
Use appropriate tools strategically. Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. For example, mathematically proficient high school students analyze graphs of functions and solutions generated using a graphing calculator. They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.


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