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Third Grade: Forces and Interactions

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Driving Question: How do equal and unequal forces on an object affect the object? How can magnets be used?

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Third Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.

Caues and Effect

Cause and Effect

Events have causes that generate observable patterns.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Newton and Me

Balancing Act

Oscar and the Cricket

Fun With Static Electricity

The Little Snowplow

Magnet Max

The Little Snowplow

What Makes a Magnet

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 3-PS2-1
    • Rolling Marbles (USI PSV3) p. 71
  • 3-PS2-2
  • 3-PS2-3
    • #1 Do Objects Need to Touch? (USI PSV2) p. 15
    • #2 How Will Balloons Move? (USI PSV2) p. 19
    • #22 Can Magnets Push/Pull Without Touching? (USI PSV2) p. 111
    • #27 Does a Magnet Work Without Air? (USI PSV2) p. 131
  • 3-PS2-4
    • Rolling Marbles (USI PSV3) p. 71

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