Science Grade 3 Student Monitoring Plan

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Skills and Processes: Students will demonstrate the thinking and acting inherent in the practice of science.
Constructing Knowledge
  Gather and question data from many different forms of scientific investigations which include reviewing appropriate print resources, observing what things are like or what is happening somewhere, collecting specimens for analysis, and doing experiments.
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Support investigative findings with data found in books, articles, and databases, and identify the sources used and expect others to do the same.
           
Select and use appropriate tools hand lens or microscope (magnifiers), centimeter ruler (length), spring scale (weight), balance (mass), Celsius thermometer (temperature), graduated cylinder (liquid volume), and stopwatch (elapsed time) to augment observations of objects, events, and processes.
           
Explain that comparisons of data might not be fair because some conditions are not kept the same.
           
Identify possible reasons for differences in results from investigations including unexpected differences in the methods used or in the circumstances in which the investigation is carried out, and sometimes just because of uncertainties in observations.
           
Judge whether measurements and computations of quantities are reasonable in a familiar context by comparing them to typical values when measured to the nearest:
  • Millimeter - length
  • Square centimeter - area
  • Milliliter - volume
  • Newton - weight
  • Gram - mass
  • Second - time
  • Degree C - temperature
           

 
Applying Evidence and Reasoning
  Seek better reasons for believing something than "Everybody knows that..." or "I just know" and discount such reasons when given by others.
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Develop explanations using knowledge possessed and evidence from observations, reliable print resources, and investigations.
           
Offer reasons for their findings and consider reasons suggested by others.
           
Review different explanations for the same set of observations and make more observations to resolve the differences.
           

 
Communicating Scientific Information
  Recognize that clear communication is an essential part of doing science because it enables scientists to inform others about their work, expose their ideas to criticism by other scientists, and stay informed about scientific discoveries around the world.
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Make use of and analyze models, such as tables and graphs to summarize and interpret data.
           
Construct and share reasonable explanations for questions asked.
           

 
Technology

January 2008