Grade 3 Science

The third grade science program helps students construct meaning through observation, research, investigation, data collection, and the sharing of findings. Students learn to value science and to appreciate the role of science in the world. They become confident in their own scientific ability and communicate and reason scientifically by discussing, writing, and drawing ideas. They also investigate various biotic and abiotic features of ecosystems and the four main components that define an ecological biome, including climate, soil, plants, and animals. The program guides students as they become aware of their personal impact on the environment by studying positive and negative human impact on ecosystems. They expand their understanding of the scientific process as they make predictions, collect data, make observations, form conclusions, and share their findings. Students learn about honeybees, including physical and behavioral adaptations, life cycle, place within a food web, and human impact on their survival. Students end the year with a culminating project, integrated with the study of China, by learning about the giant panda, including its habitat, geographic location, adaptations, and place within a food web.

Our third grade students will:

  • create a nature journal through the Belmont Day School Trail/Tree Observation project
  • use the class snowshoes to continue to explore the local environment throughout the winter months
  • actively engage in science process skill labs and activities
  • research and observe human impact on the environment
  • actively engage in community service: recycling, composting, and Green Light Patrol
  • identify the ecosystems of Massachusetts and biomes of the United States and the world
  • understand how sound vibrations travel and the process of hearing
  • identify the producers, consumers, decomposers, and scavengers in food chains and webs
  • research and identify animal life cycles and adaptations