Mohonasen Central School District

Pine Intermediate School

Grade 3 Science

arrow icon Major science topics at this grade level

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Where do butterflies come from?
Find out if a certain type of plant is needed for the Monarch butterfly.  Would you like to learn more about the Monarch butterfly Track the journey of the Monarch butterfly as it travels north in the spring.  Look back at the Monarch's southern migration from Fall 2009.  Do you know these bugs?  Here is more on the butterfly life cycle

States of Matter (solid, liquid and gas), density and buoyancy


Water Cycle (evaporation and condensation)
Read an online story about the water cycle.  View an animation of the water cycle Travel "Down the Drain" and see how much water a person uses in a typical day.  Here is some information on climate change

Forces (push and pull), sound waves and energy

Astronomy (sun, moon and Earth)

Go to the nine planets tour, just for kids version. NASA sponsors a site about the solar system named Star Child. You may also want to look at the Hubble Space Telescope's Public Page. Here is
a site that describes the phases of the moon. Space Day is in May.  Here is a solar system site from the BBC.

Your teacher may want to expand on this unit by looking at the geography of where plants grow and connect to literature related to nature and farming. When spring comes, you can take what you learned about plants to plant your own garden!

SECTION 1--What do you know about plants?
Learn about plants, water, sun and soil. Explore some interesting topics about plants and soil Grow a virtual is harder than you may think!  This site shows "Plants in Motion," a series of Quick Time movies on a variety of plant topics.  Learn more about the Biology of Plants.  Be a plant detective and solve The Great Plant Escape
SECTION 2--What are the basic parts of a plant?
Click here to look at the anatomy of a flower. Some plants grow from bulbs, rather than seeds. Can you label the parts of the bean sprout plant? Take this quiz to label the basic parts of a plant.
A tree is also a plant. Label the basic parts of a tree. Identify the types of leaves found on our school playground.
SECTION 3--How do plants reproduce?
Click here to see a short animated movie about some ways that seeds can travel and become new plants. 
SECTION 4--What are some different types of plants?
Label the vegetables on this page using the information found on this page. Make a list of the vegetables you like using this list.  
Label the fruit on this page using the information found on this page. Make a list of the fruits you like using this list.  
Learn about a common flower, the Black-Eyed Susan. Many people grow tulips in their yards. If you are looking for a wildflower, this page may be of help to you. These wildflowers grow well in the northeastern part of the U. S. Use this page to learn how, when and where to plant your wildflower seeds.  
SECTION 5--Is weather a factor in how well plants grow?
Print out this sheet and label the seasons of the apple tree.  Look at this USDA plant hardiness zone map to see the temperature range in different areas. Use this USDA zone map to check the dates for the last "killing" frost in our area.
SECTION 6--What do plants do for humans and animals?
What do pizza and plants have in common?  
SECTION 7--Just for fun!
Spell your name in plant seeds!
SECTION 8--Garden Helpers
Color the parts of a spider

Other interesting science topics

Echo the Bat (a story about echolocation) Echo the Bat's online adventure.

Use the Interactive Weather Maker to see what happens when temperature and humidity combine. 

Infection, Detection, Protection ....learn about bacteria

Bill Nye the Science Guy provides a resource related to the PBS show and science projects you can try at home.

Visit this link to see animals of the tundra.  Help these animals find their home (habitat).  Here is more practice identifying animals and their habitats.  Learn about habitats from this website from the United Kingdom. 

A mastodon was found in western New York State. Go to this site to see many photos of what was found during the excavation. Follow your teacher's instructions carefully, so that you click on the best photos and information from the mastodon "dig".

Writing an animal report? Try this graphic organizer.

Watch a slide show about the Rainforest.  Learn more about the Amazon rainforest.

These You Tube videos about the Rainforest were created by a group of third grade students in Connecticut:  Classroom Rainforest Tour Parts 1 & 2, Classroom Rainforest Tour Part 3, Classroom Rainforest Tour Parts 4 & 5.  See a brief video entitled Layers of a Rainforest Rainforest Animals shows a sample of animals you may see in this habitat. 

Read, learn and play games related to animals found all over the world

Here is a video of a life cycle of a ladybug.  Here is another video on the life cycle of a ladybug

Go on a wild weather adventure and learn about weather patterns around the world!

Learn about the life cycle of a frog

Healthy Body Topics

Think about who you are as you read along with this interactive story. 

The Head
What are the main parts of the brain?  Click here to learn the basic parts of the eye. There are 2 basic types of eye problems. You need to take good care of your eyes. Do you know what your ear looks like? Your ears are very important to balance. Watch out for ear problems.  This story is an introduction to how to keep our teeth healthy

The Torso
Click here to read a brief explanation of the respiratory system. Click here for an introduction to the circulatory system. What is the cardiovascular system? Is your heart a muscle? How much blood beats through an adult heart in a day? Read more about your heart and blood supply.  This is a link to a site with much information about the human heart and circulatory system.  This site about the respiratory system was created by school children.  Label the organs with this interactive human organ builder

The Extremities
What is a nerve?
View an overview of the skeletal system.  Here is a skeleton with the bones labeled. Learn about the nervous system. Our skin is unique. The skin is divided into 3 parts.  Avoid these skin illnesses.

What are healthy foods?
Look at the food guide. Here is a food guide for kids. Find out why calories are important. Make sure you drink enough water. Can you answer all the questions in this food quiz? Try to play the Appetite Attack game to see if you can make healthy choices for 5 straight days!  Are you willing to try new foods?  Read the Two-Bite Club story to find out more.  Go on a Nutrition Mission to learn about healthy foods and exercise.

What are healthy lifestyle choices?
Make sure you get enough sleep! Find out why sleep is important. Keep fit without playing sports! Stay safe while playing a sport. How many calories do you use?

What are unhealthy lifestyle choices?

How can we keep our bodies clean, both inside and outside?
There are 4 types of teeth and 4 parts to a tooth. Learn 5 easy ways to take care of your teeth. Learn how to take care of your hair and nails. Learn about some common hair and nail problems.

For Teachers
Here's a short article to read about nicotine and smoking. Learn how to expand your students' diets. Some of the games from Colgate-Palmolive are educational.