Nebraska Science Learning Standards — Grade 3


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SC5.1.1.a

Ask testable scientific questions

SC5.1.1.b

Plan and conduct investigations and identify factors that have the potential to impact an investigation

SC5.1.1.c

Select and use equipment correctly and accurately

SC5.1.1.d

Make relevant observations and measurements

SC5.1.1.e

Collect and organize data

SC5.1.1.f

Develop a reasonable explanation based on collected data

SC5.1.1.g

Share information, procedures, and results with peers and/or adults

SC5.1.1.h

Provide feedback on scientific investigations

SC5.1.1.i

Use appropriate mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry

SC5.1.2.a

Recognize that scientific explanations are based on evidence and scientific knowledge

SC5.1.2.b

Recognize that new discoveries are always being made which impact scientific knowledge

SC5.1.2.c

Recognize many different people study science

SC5.1.3.a

Identify a simple problem

SC5.1.3.b

Propose a solution to a simple problem

SC5.1.3.c

Implement the proposed solution

SC5.1.3.d

Evaluate the implementation

SC5.1.3.e

Communicate the problem, design, and solution

SC5.2.1.a

Identify mixtures and pure substances

SC5.2.1.b

Identify physical properties of matter (color, odor, elasticity, weight, volume)

SC5.2.1.c

Use appropriate metric measurements to describe physical properties

SC5.2.1.d

Identify state changes caused by heating and cooling solids, liquids, and gases

SC5.2.2.a

Describe motion by tracing and measuring an objects position over a period of time (speed)

SC5.2.2.b

Describe changes in motion due to outside forces (push, pull, gravity)

SC5.2.2.c

Describe magnetic behavior in terms of attraction and repulsion

SC5.2.3.a

Recognize that sound is produced from vibrating objects; the sound can be changed by changing the vibration

SC5.2.3.b

Recognize that light travels in a straight line and can be reflected by an object (mirror)

SC5.2.3.c

Recognize that light can travel through certain materials and not others (transparent, translucent, opaque)

SC5.2.3.d

Identify ways to generate heat (friction, burning, incandescent light bulb)

SC5.2.3.e

Identify materials that act as thermal conductors or insulators

SC5.2.3.f

Recognize that the transfer of electricity in an electrical circuit requires a closed loop

SC5.3.1.a

Compare and contrast characteristics of living and nonliving things

SC5.3.1.b

Identify how parts of plants and animals function to meet basic needs (e.g., leg of an insect helps an insect move, root of a plant helps the plant obtain water)

SC5.3.3.a

Identify inherited characteristics of plants and animals

SC5.3.3.b

Identify the life cycle of an organism

SC5.3.3.c

Diagram and explain a simple food chain beginning with the Sun

SC5.3.3.d

Identify the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem

SC5.3.3.e

Recognize the living and nonliving factors that impact the survival of organisms in an ecosystem

SC5.3.4.a

Describe adaptations made by plants or animals to survive environmental changes

SC5.4.1.a

Recognize that the observed shape of the Moon changes from day to day during a one month period

SC5.4.1.b

Recognize the motion of objects in the sky (the Sun, the Moon, stars) change over time in recognizable patterns

SC5.4.2.a

Describe the characteristics of rocks, minerals, soil, water, and the atmosphere

SC5.4.2.b

Describe the characteristics of rocks, minerals, soil, water, and the atmosphere

SC5.4.3.a

Describe the Suns warming effect on the land and water

SC5.4.3.b

Observe, measure, and record changes in weather (temperature, wind direction and speed, precipitation)

SC5.4.3.c

Recognize the difference between weather, climate, and seasons

SC5.4.4.a

Describe how slow processes (erosion, weathering, deposition) and rapid processes (landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes) change Earths surface