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Grade 3

The Grade 3 curriculum builds on concepts introduced in prior years while expanding opportunities to investigate and explore.

In Grade 3, instructional time should focus on three critical areas:

  1. developing an understanding about the correlation between adaptations, habitats, and the needs of organisms;  
  2. planting and observing the growth of Wisconsin Fast Plants in order to understand plant cycles and the roles of specialized structures ; and
  3. investigating rocks and minerals and developing an understanding of how they are formed.
Unit Description Major Science Concepts
Habitats Students investigate the needs of living things and how a habitat meets these needs. Students examine differences in physical features of habitats and consider how organisms adapt to survive.
  • Living things have survival needs that they meet in their habitats.
  • Local habitats have similarities, differences and variations.
  • Plants and animals have adaptive structures and behaviors that help them survive in their particular habitats.
Plant Growth and Development Students plant and observe the growth of Wisconsin Fast Plants from seed to flower to seed. They also learn about bees and pollination.
  • Plants have predictable stages of germination and growth.
  • Parts of plants have specialized structures which relate to their function.
  • Pollination plays a crucial role in seed making (the reproduction of flowering plants).
Rocks and Minerals Students explore simulated and real rocks and investigate the properties of and test minerals as a geologist would. They create their own guidebooks and use information to identify mystery minerals.
  • Rocks are made from minerals.
  • Minerals have characteristic properties such as color, hardness, luminosity, light transmission, shape, and streak
  • The properties of rocks determine how people use rocks.