Next Generation Science Standards — Grade 3


Click on any standard to search for aligned resources. This data may be subject to copyright. You may download a CSV of the Next Generation Science Standards if your intention constitutes fair use.


Plan, assess, and analyze learning aligned to these standards using Kiddom.

Learn more: How Kiddom Empowers Teachers.

3-5-ETS1-1

Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

3-5-ETS1-2

Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

3-5-ETS1-3

Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

3-ESS2-1

Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.

3-ESS2-2

Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

3-ESS3-1

Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.

3-LS1-1

Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

3-LS2-1

Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

3-LS3-1

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

3-LS3-2

Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.

3-LS4-1

Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

3-LS4-2

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

3-LS4-3

Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

3-LS4-4

Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

3-PS2-1

Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

3-PS2-2

Make observations and/or measurements of an object?s motion to provide evidence that that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.

3-PS2-3

Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.

3-PS2-4

Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets