Alaska Learning Standards for Science — Grade 3


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3.SA1.1

asking questions, predicting, observing, describing, measuring, classifying, making generalizations, inferring, and communicating

3.SA1.2

observing and describing the students own world to answer simple questions

3.SA2.1

answering how do you know? questions with reasonable answers

3.SA3.1

observing local conditions that determine which plants and/or animals survive (L)

3.SB1.1

classifying matter according to physical properties (i.e., color, size, shape, weight, texture, flexibility)

3.SB2.1

Students develop an understanding that energy appears in different forms, can be transformed from one form to another, can be transferred or moved from one place or system to another, may be unavailable for use, and is ultimately conserved.

3.SB3.1

recognizing that temperature changes cause changes in phases of substances (e.g., ice changing to liquid, water changing to water vapor, and vice versa)

3.SB4.2

recognizing that objects can be moved without being touched (e.g., using magnets, falling objects, static electricity)

3.SC1.1

sorting Alaskan plants and/or animals using physical characteristics (e.g., leaves, beaks) (L)

3.SC1.2

describing how some traits (e.g., claws, teeth, camouflage) of living organisms have helped them survive as a species

3.SC2.1

sorting animals and plants into groups based on appearance and behaviors

3.SC2.2

observing and comparing external features of plants and of animals that may help them grow, survive, and reproduce

3.SC3.1

identifying and sorting examples of living and non-living things in the local environment (L)

3.SC3.2

organizing a simple food chain of familiar plants and animals (L)

3.SD1.1

recognizing that most rocks are composed of combinations of different substances

3.SD1.2

describing the water cycle to show that water circulates through the crust, oceans, and atmosphere of Earth

3.SD2.1

identifying and comparing a variety of Earths land features (i.e., rivers, deltas, lakes, glaciers, mountains, valleys, and islands)

3.SD3.1

using recorded weather patterns (e.g., temperature, cloud cover, or precipitation) to make reasonable predictions (L)

3.SD4.1

recognizing that objects appear smaller the farther away they are

3.SD4.2

recognizing that objects have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described

3.SD4.3

recognizing and using appropriate instruments of magnification (e.g., binoculars and telescopes) (L)

3.SE1.1

identifying local problems and discussing solutions (L)

3.SE2.1

identifying local tools and materials used in everyday life (L)

3.SE3.1

listing the positive and negative effects of a single technological development in the local community (e.g., fish trap, fish wheel, four-wheeler, computer) (L)

3.SF1.1

exploring local or traditional stories that explain a natural event (L) Cross referenced with SA3.1.

3.SG2.1

comparing the results of multiple observations of a single local event (L)

3.SG4.1

asking questions about the natural world