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Science Studies Weekly - Discovery (Grade 3)

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Science Studies Weekly - Discovery (Grade 3)

Georgia Third Grade Science Standards Coverage


Week 1: Science

Students will get an exciting overview of the branches of science and how science has changed our world. They will learn about the methods that can be used to answer scientific questions. They will study the components of physical science, life science and Earth and space science.

Week 2: Studying the Universe

Students will be introduced to the tools of science and how they are used. Students will also study the concepts of scientific inquiry, scientific method, measurement and scientific problem solving.

Week 3: Building a Universe!

Students will be introduced to atoms, elements, and molecules. They will learn features of each and will learn how everything consists of matter.

Week 4: States of Matter

Students will study liquids, solids and gases. They will learn about the processes involved in chemical reactions. Students will also learn how matter is affected by heat.

Week 5: Properties of Matter

Students will explore combining and separating various types of matter. They will define characteristics of compounds, mixtures and solutions. Students will consider the relationship of parts to the whole in regard to matter.

Week 6: Powering the Universe

Students will be given an overview for understanding various forms of energy. They will learn how energy and light emanate from the sun. Students will also learn properties of light.

Week 7: How to Move a Universe!

Students will be introduced to principles of motion and force. They will define forces such as power, mass and friction.


Week 8: Observing Energy

Students will consider how energy can be transferred and transformed. They will also discuss alternative sources of energy.

Week 9: Technology and Inventions

Students will investigate the uses of simple machines and modern technologies. They will study benchmark inventions that have helped save lives. Students will also study inventions that have created modern communication technologies of today.

Week 10: Our Planet Earth

Students will study rocks, minerals, soils and layers inside and outside the Earth. They will learn about the process known as the rock cycle that creates rocks. Students will also learn about the features of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

Week 11: Our Busy Planet

Students will be introduced to volcanoes, tectonic plates and earthquakes. They will learn about the concentration of volcanoes known as the ring of fire. Students will also define caldera and geyser as they learn about the forces of Earth.

Week 12: The Giant Sculpture Known as the Earth

Students will learn about weather, oceans and the water cycle. They will also learn about erosion and landforms that are caused by forces of nature. Students will study wind, water and ice as factors that shape Earth.


Week 13: Watch the Sky!

Students will study constellations and how the sky has been used in navigation. Students will also learn how the Earth’s seasons occur. They will learn about the eight phases of the moon. They will learn how climate is created in different regions of the earth.

Week 14: Our Moving Solar System

Students will study our solar system with previously presented concepts such as motion, energy and light. They will study the eight planets that orbit the sun and will define characteristics of each. Students will define other aspects of space such as orbits, asteroids and meteoroids.

Week 15: Exploring the Universe

Students will explore galaxies, stars and some amazing new discoveries. They will discuss the possible future of science in the wake of these new discoveries.

Week 16: Our Living World

Students will study the diversity of life on Earth, scientific classification and how living things survive in a variety of environments. They relate the kingdoms of life with the environments in which they live. Students will also define the difference between flora and fauna.

Week 17: Building Blocks of Life

Students will be introduced to the microscopic world. They will study the components of cells and other microscopic organisms. They will learn the value of microbes in breaking down garbage in the environment and aiding digestion in our bodies. Students will also study various components of animal cells.


Week 18: Cell Development

Students will be introduced to the concept of similar cells developing into different systems. Students will also explore common characteristics of plants and animals and will compare the cells of the two. They will also discuss inherited traits.

Week 19: Our Animal World

Students will study features of the animal kingdom. They will learn about important structural characteristics, behaviors and the diversity of vertebrate animals.

Week 20: An Ancient Living World!

Students will study dinosaurs, early mammals and other fascinating creatures. They will learn about the times during which these animals lived.

Week 21: Our Green Planet—Ecosystems

Students will be introduced to how life works in systems and how living things get energy. They will also learn about plant life as a primary producer. Students will consider the importance of environmental responsibility.

Week 22: Room for Everyone

Students will be introduced to the concept of adaptation. They will explore competition for and sharing of earth’s resources among organisms.

Week 23: Human Life

Students will learn about the human organism. They will study health, basic functions, anatomy and development of humans.

Week 24: Our Creepy-Crawly World

Students will study important and fascinating characteristics of invertebrate animals. They will learn about features of arthropods that make them stand out from others. Students will also define characteristics that make arthropods their own group, such as having legs.

Common Core

K-5 Required to Read 50% Informational Text - Meet or exceed the 50% Informational Text requirement in your state with Studies Weekly. Teach CCSS-aligned Social Studies and Science content during your literacy block!

Staircase of Complexity - Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.

Text-Based Answers - Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.

Writing from Sources - Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.

Academic Vocabulary - With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).

Computer-Based, Machine-Scored Assessment for Grades 3-5 - Online assessment is provided at With instant analysis, including pie charts for every question, you.ll identify where re-teaching or additional test-taking strategies are needed.

Visit the Studies Weekly Blog to learn more about integrating Common Core Standards into your classroom.

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