third grade

Third Grade: Inheritance and Traits

Talking Science Through Texts > Third Grade > Inheritance and Traits

Driving Question: How do organisms vary in their traits?

View the topic bundle standards

Third Grade Crosscutting Concepts

Select a concept to learn more.



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

Choose a text to view its read aloud guide.

Newton and Me

Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds

Oscar and the Cricket

Our Family Tree

The Little Snowplow

Next Time You See A Spiderweb

The Little Snowplow

In The Past

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-LS1-1
    • #17 Is it Living, p. 135
  • 3-LS3-1
  • 3-LS3-2
    • Probes for LS3.A grades 6-12 only
    • #17 Baby Mice (USI Vol2) p. 129
    • (LS3.B, gr. 3-5)
  • 3-LS4-2
    • #19 Habitat Change (USI Vol2) p. 143

Brought to You By

Wayne RESA: Leading Learning for All
wayne county cosa
Wayne RESA Science, Literacy, Assessment Project logo
MiSTEM Network Wayne Region