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3rd Grade Science Learning Targets

Science, 3

ALT 1 - Motion and Stability - Forces

Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

ALT 2 - Motion and Stability - Future Motion

Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

ALT 3 - Motion and Stability - Magnetism

Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.

ALT 4 - Motion and Stability - Scientific Ideas

Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.

ALT 5 - From Molecules to Organisms - Organisms

Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

ALT 6 - Ecosystems - Animals that Form Groups

Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

ALT 7 - Heredity - Traits of Similar Organisms

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

ALT 8 - Heredity - Traits and Enviornment

Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.

ALT 9 - Biological Evolution - Old Evidence

Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

ALT 10 - Biological Evolution - Same Species

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

ALT 11 - Biological Evolution - Survivability

Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

ALT 12 - Biological Evolution - Environmental Changes

Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

ALT 13 - Earth's Systems - Graphical Displays

Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.

ALT 14 - Earth and Human Activity - Hazards

Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.

ALT 15 - Engineering Design - Design Problem

(Grades 3-5) Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

ALT 16 - Engineering Design - Possible Solutions

(Grades 3-5) Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

ALT 17 - Engineering Design - Model Improvement

(Grades 3-5) Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or