Grade 3 Science




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​On the Same Day in March
by Marilyn Singer
March is a dynamic time throughout the world. On the same day that it's icy cold in the arctic, it's foggy in Louisiana and sunny in Barbados. This book explains the connection between longitude and weather.​
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Weather Words and What They Mean  

by Gail Gibbons

 This picture book introduces the different types of weather, their names, and what they mean, and includes illustrations. 

cover image of Hurricane  

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​It's a Disaster!  Tornado.  
It's a Disaster!  Hurricane.
by Jessica Rudolph 

These books provide basic information about disasters, the damage they cause, and how to stay safe​!

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Wild Science Projects About Earth's Weather
 By Robert Gardner
By Anita Ganeri

Earth Science Library Weather

By Martyn Bramwell


by Seymour Simon
Inside Weather 

by Mary Kay Carson (Wild Weather chapter, p. 30)
by Lorrie Mack (DK – Dorling Kindersley) 
Weather Whipping Up a Storm 
by Dan Green (Basher Basics) 
 Earth's Wild Winds.  
by Sandra Friend

​by Lorraine Hopping​​

Students will...

 Use graphs and tables of local weather data to describe and predict typical weather.

Find out about the climate of different regions of the world!​

​ Create and look at design solutions that reduce the impacts of  weather-related hazards.​

​ From Molecules to Organisms,  Heredity, 

Biological Evolution


Rain Forest Explorer

 by Rupert Mathews

In this DK Reader follow the blog of an adventurous young explorer through the Amazon to her Uncle's rain forest research station.  Children can follow her trip along the Rio Blanco river where she goes jaguar tracking, joins tribal villagers for a feast after hunting, and discovers an ancient site!

Nature's Patchwork Quilt 

​​By: Mary Miche

"Like a quilt, each habitat in nature is composed of many interdependent pieces that form grand patterns and webs." The text introduces numerous key concepts in natural science.

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Who Would Win? series    

  by Jerry Palotta

What would happen if a great white shark and a killer whale met each other?  What if they were both hungry?  What if they had a fight?  Who do you think would win? This is one book in a series of many Who Would Win books that explore and compare the world of animals with real facts!​

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Life Cycles

Life Cycles-The Great Plant Escap​e

Animal Adaptation Activities

Animal Adaptation Video

Students will...

Show that species have unique and diverse life cycles.​

Show that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents.

Learn the difference between inherited and uninherited characteristics.

Use fossils to describe and compare types of organisms and their environments that existed long ago.

Explain how characteristics among individuals within the same species may provide advantages to these individuals in their survival and reproduction and how they are related.

Explain how some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive in different environments.

Motion and Stability ​

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Balance and Motion: Toying with Gravity  

by Emily Sohn and Joseph Brennan

This book describes how we use balance and motion every day, and explains how gravity has an effect on everything on Earth.  You can learn the stability and instability of objects that are caused by gravity!

Whats the Attraction?  Magnetism

 by Elizabeth Raum

This book discusses permanent and temporary magnets, the attraction and repulsion of magnetic force, and examples of magnets in daily life.​​

Forces and Motion 

by John Graham

This title contains 40 tried and tested experiments, some classic with up-to-the-minute variations, and some entirely new.

How Toys Work 

by Lisa Greathouse 

Readers won't have to disassemble their favorite toys to discover what makes them work. This book explores electric, magnetic, and motion-powered toys from design to function. It introduces readers to six simple machines and explains how they use force and motion to do work. 

Students will...

Provide evidence to explain the effect of multiple forces, including friction, on an object.

Conduct an investigation to determine the nature of the forces between two magnets based on their orientations and distance relative to each other.

Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying the use of the interactions between magnets.


 Engineering Design


3-D Engineering:  Design and Build Your Own Prototypes

by Vicki May

Young readers tackle real-life engineering problems by figuring out real-life solutions.

The Kids' Guide to Sports Design and Engineering

by Thomas K. Adamson 

Years ago your favorite sport probably looked very different than it does today. Over time advancements in design and engineering have enhanced the game for both athletes and fans. From impressive stadiums to state-of-the-art uniforms and equipment, technology continues to change sports.​

Engineering the ABC's: How Engineers Shape Our World​​ 

byPatty O'Brien Novak ​

Imagine a world without cars and computers, or toys and televisions, or movies and microwaves. Then imagine a world without engineers. Engineering the ABC's answers questions about how everyday things work and how engineering relates to so many parts of your daily life​!

Students will...

 Define a simple design problem that reflects a need or a want.

 Generate several possible solutions to a design problem.