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3rd Grade Science Parent Guide
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This parent guide supports parents in helping their child at home with the 3rd grade Science content.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Reference Material
Vocabulary
Author:
Kelly Rawlston
Letoria Lewis
Date Added:
12/30/2022
3rd Grade Science Teacher Guide
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This resource accompanies our Rethink 3rd Grade Science course. It includes ideas for use, ways to support exceptional children, ways to extend learning, digital resources and tools, tips for supporting English Language Learners and students with visual and hearing impairments. There are also ideas for offline learning. 

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Amber Garvey
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Altitude of the Noon Sun: Angles
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Students use a folded paper plate to mark the angles of shadows on a sunny day. They will measure the angle at several times during the day. The process can be repeated each month to gather more data and reinforce concepts.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Paper Plate Education
Author:
Wayne James
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Building a Sundial
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This resource provides background information on how a sundial works and includes directions for making a basic paper sundial.

Subject:
Earth Science
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
OER
Author:
Dr. David P. Stern
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Calculating the Declination of the Sun for Elementary Students
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In this lesson, students measure the apparent path of the sun across the sky using a toilet plunger. Students will then generate questions as to why the sun appears to move, and what is really happening in the process. They will then construct paper astrolabes and measure the angle of the sun compared to earth (its declination).

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Author:
Claire Torrey
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Changing Shadows
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In this activity, students observe changes in shadows over time in order to help develop a sense of Earth's motion.

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Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Author:
NASA
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The Earth and Beyond
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This online module focuses on astronomy: changes in the day and night sky, orbits of the Sun, mooon, and Earth, and the phases of the moon.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Manchester University
Author:
Student Recruitment, Admissions and International Development Division at The University of Manchester
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Exploring Earth: Bear's Shadow
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In this lesson, students move a flashlight around an object to make and experiment with shadows. The activity can be connected to a storybook about a little bear exploring his own shadow, and also has connections to the geometry of a solar eclipse as the Moon and Sun cast a shadow onto Earth.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NISE
Date Added:
08/17/2017
Human Sundial
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In this activity, a large sundial will be drawn with sidewalk chalk. Students will go outside throughout the day and make observation of how their shadow moves around the sundial.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Crayola
Date Added:
06/14/2018
Identifying the Sun as a Source of Light By Observing Shadows
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In this lesson students will investigate shadows and realize that the sun is a source of light. Students will make observations and record their understanding in their science journals.

Subject:
Earth Science
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
OER
Author:
Peggy Greenwaldt, Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Investigating Shadows
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Students will investigate shadows by going outside and creating and measuring shadows throughout the school day.  

Subject:
Earth Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
LARA CABANISS
Date Added:
02/24/2021
Lesson 4: Making a Sun Clock
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In this activity, students construct pocket sun clocks and keep track of the Sun's shadow. This will help reinforce for students the relationship between the Sun's motion and our concept of time.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Pacific Science Center
Date Added:
04/25/2017
Make a Sundial
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Students will create a sundial from simple materials and use it to make observations, record, and interpret data about the movement of the sun during the day.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Green Education Foundation
Author:
Green Education Foundation
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Making a Sun Clock
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Students will create a sun clock out of simple items in order to tell time by the movement of shadows throughout the day.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Exploratorium
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Making a Sundial
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Students will construct a sundial and use it to observe the movement of the sun through the sky over the course of a day by marking changes in the position of a shadow once each hour. Students determine the approximate time of solar noon at their school as indicated by the time of the shortest shadow. Students revisit the site on a subsequent day to estimate the time of day using their sundial.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
The Globe Program
Author:
GLOBE
Date Added:
02/26/2019
NC Culture Kids - Medoc Mountain State Park: Wildflowers
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In this short video, accompanying activity, and readings, students learn about the wildflowers at Medoc Mountain State Park. These resources examine how wildflowers survive and their role in their ecosystem.

Subject:
Earth Science
Life Science
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Presentation
Vocabulary
Author:
NC State Parks
Nc Department Of Natural Cultural Resources
Date Added:
04/01/2022
Rethink 3rd Grade Science - Course Package
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This course was created by the Rethink Education Content Development Team. This course is aligned to the NC Standards for 3rd Grade Science. 

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Formative Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Presentation
Student Guide
Vocabulary
Author:
Kelly Rawlston
Letoria Lewis
Date Added:
01/10/2023
Rethink 3rd Grade Science Course for Non-Robust LMS Users
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This course was created by the Rethink Education Content Development Team. This course is aligned to the NC Standards for 3rd Grade Science.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Formative Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Vocabulary
Author:
Kelly Rawlston
Letoria Lewis
Date Added:
03/01/2023
Shadow Dance
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Students experiment with shadows and light sources to understand the relationship between angle of illumination and shadow length.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
At Home Astronomy
Author:
The Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
Date Added:
02/26/2019