3rd Grade
Common Core Science

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Earth and Space Science (ESS)


Earth's Resources

  1. Earth's nonliving resources have specific properties.

  2. Earth's resources can be used for energy.

  3. Some of Earth's resources are limited.


  1. Earth's Resources-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos.  This link will bring you to rocks and minerals, soil, and using earth's resources.  EXCELLENT
  2. How Much is Left?-VIDEO -Explore the limits of our planet.
  3. Video -  What causes the earths seasons
  4. Cycles in Nature-This is a useful web site with lots of good info on a student level. Topics cover Day and Night, Seasonal Changes, The Phases of the Moon and Tides. Besides just info, the site also has suggested activities, helpful illustrations, and related poetry.
  5. Energy from the Sun -This is an animation of why we have changes in the Atmosphere
  6. Energy Resources-Each page has a summary and a quiz for you to try.
    But I hope you'll learn a lot more than just that!
  7. Earth's Energy and Mineral Resources-Glencoe Earth Science PDF file
  8. Earth Resources-Slide Share
  9. EcoKids-Fossil Fuels and world energy
  10. Earth Buddies: S.E.E.K-You can test your knowledge of global warming, the three R's, water conservation and more.
  11. Sammy Soil Coloring Book-Downloadable book on soil.
  12. Kids Saving Energy Here is some information about how kids can help to conserve energy.
  13. Solar Power Lesson plans and videos for kids all about solar power and energy.
  14. Energy Quest-Energy Quest is the award winning energy education website of the California Energy Commission. 
  15. Water Cycle   Illustration of water in the atmosphere
  16. Places where water accumulates in the water cycle
  17. Hydrogencycle  Illustration of the complete cycle
  18. Where does all the water come from?   Animation explaining where the water comes from.  Water Cycle
  19. Changes in the Earth    are caused by!
  20. Energy Balance  This site illustrates this concept.
  21. Difference between weather and climate.  This animation will allow the students to view the difference.
  22. Our Planet has a fever.  Very interesting site for 21st century learning.
  23. Weather fronts   Animation
  24. Fast Facts About Rocks and Minerals
  25. This Planet Really Rocks
  26. Experiment with Rocks and Soils
  27. Soil Matchup (3rd grade level) from Quia
  28. Jeopardy-Water Cycle, Soil, Earth Patterns, Simple Machines, Matter, and Energy.
  29. Interactive Periodic Table
  31. Wooden Periodic Table
  32. Story Books for Science  4 Stars


Life Science (LS)


Behavior Growth and Changes  


  1. Offspring resemble their parents and each other.

  2. Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

  3. Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.




  1. Living Things Grow and Change-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos.  This link will bring you to plant and animal life cycles, and from parents to young.  EXCELLENT
  2. How Offspring resemble their Parents-PDF File
  3. Seasonal Changes caused by animals
  4. Earth's Time Line -This site shows who once lived on the planet and are not gone.
  5. Theory of Evolution -This site covers quite a bit about evolution
  6. Living Things   This site illustrates this concept  All animation with interactive quiz
  7. The American Museum of Natural History-You will discover many areas here to explore with your students.
  8. The American Museum and Living Things-Just a direct jump to living things
  9. Deep Sea Living-You get to find living animals
  10. Looking at Living things -Looking through a Microscope. You must determine if your students are mature enough to appreciate this website.  It is very good. 
  11. Signs of life-Animation explains this concept.
  12. The 7 Characteristics of Life-Animation
  13. Food chains who eats what?  
  14. Spot the living things! -Interactive animation
  15. Characteristics of Living things -Fun but maybe to difficult for your students.
  16. What's your soil IQ -Very good
  17. What killed the dinosaurs-One of the greatest puzzles in Paleontology
  18. Animals-How animals meet their needs - Primary Level
  19. WebQuest on Animal Life Cycles
  20. Hams Hall Pond-This is a great interactive site where students can learn about life cycles, food chains, and more in a virtual pond.
  21. Story Books for Science  4 Stars
  22. Life cycle of a parrot ( movie and much more)
  23. Baby animals ( Very Good)
  1. Live Cycle of a Chick  
  2. Life Cycle of a Dragonfly
  3. The Complete Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly
  1. The Little Chick Company - It All Starts With An Egg Youtube

  2. Life Cycle of a Chicken (Real time)

  3. Chick Hatching Video (You Tube)

  4. Life Cycle of a chicken (web page)

  5. Life Cycle of a chick (Photos)








Physical Science (PS)


Matter and Forms of Energy

  1. All objects and substances in the natural world are composed of matter.

  2. Matter exists in different states, each of which has different properties.

  3. Heat, electricity, light, sound and magnetism are forms of energy.

  1. Observing Matter-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos.  This link will bring you to properties of matter, measuring matter, and solids-liquids-and gases.  EXCELLENT
  2. Changes In Matter-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos.  This link will bring you to changes of state, physical changes, and chemical changes.  EXCELLENT
  3. Forces and Motion-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos.  This link will bring you to position and motion, forces, work and energy, and using simple machines.  EXCELLENT
  4. Forms of Energy-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos. This link will bring you to heat, sound, light, and electricity.  EXCELLENT
  5. Mouse Trap Racer -You will design and build your own racer using change in motion of an object by force.
  6. Balance and unbalance forces-You will view a graph showing balance and unbalance forces.
  7. Amusement park ride-You design a rollercoaster.  Animation showing motion.
  8. Projectile Motion -Change in force, motion and angle of an object
  9. Newton's  Law  -Good animation showing his laws.
  10. Energy in Motion -Animation about energy in motion.
  11. Story Books for Science  4 Stars