School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Science, Grade 3




State Curriculum Toolkit

Tools aligned to State Curriculum indicators and/or objectives.

  • Introduction for Standard or Indicator

Standard 3.0 Life Science

The students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from the interactions that occur over time.


B. Cells


  • 1. Explore the world of minute living things to describe what they look like, how they live, and how they interact with their environment.
  1. Use magnifying instruments to observe and describe using drawings or text (oral or written) minute organisms, such as brine shrimp, algae, aphids, etc. that are found in different environments.
  2. Describe any observable activity displayed by these organisms.
  3. Provide reasons that support the conclusion that these organisms are alive.
  4. Use information gathered about these minute organisms to compare mechanisms they have to satisfy their basic needs to those used by larger organisms.


E. Flow of Matter and Energy


  • 1. Recognize that materials continue to exist even though they change from one form to another.
  1. Identify and compile a list of materials that can be recycled.
  2. Identify what happens to materials when they are recycled.
  3. Observe and record the sequence of changes that occur to plants and animals that die and decay.
  4. Ask and develop possible answers to questions about what happens to the materials that living things are made of when they die.

Note: Highlighting identifies assessment limits. All highlighted Indicators will be tested on the Grades 5 and 8 MSA. The highlighted Objectives under each highlighted Indicator identify the limit to which MSA items can be written. Although all content standards are tested on MSA, not all Indicators and Objectives are tested. Objectives that are not highlighted will not be tested on MSA, however are an integral part of Instruction.

January 2008