Third Grade Science: Motion, Stability, Forces and Interactions Unit

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Lesson 1 - Force and Motion

Lesson 2 - Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

Lesson 3 - Energy Transfer

Lesson 4 - Gravity

Lesson 5 - Friction and Air Resistance

Lesson 6 - Magnetic Force

Lesson 7 - Electrostatic Force

Lesson 8 - Start Your Engines

Lesson 9 - Design Challenge Using Magnets

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- Physicist Poster

* KLEWS Chart (KWL for Science)

- Energy Transfer Poster

- student worksheets for collecting data and recording observations

- push or pull task cards

- Simple Experiments for energy transfer and gravity

- Friction Experiment

- Paper Drop Experiment

- Magnet Stations and Recording Booklet

* Soda Can and Water Bending Experiments

STEM Activity *Start Your Engines Activity

- Maglev Trains Reading

* Forces and Motion Posters

* Forces and Motion Mini Booklet

- 20 colorful essential vocabulary cards with graphics and definitions

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.
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.
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.
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


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