Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, Grade 3


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Notes for Teachers

I hope you will find these links useful. I have tried to select resources that either directly address the benchmarks, or that work well for supporting them. If you use a different resource from my site when you cover a topic, please let me know, so I can add it to the list. Also, if you find that one of the resources that i suggested really does not work for the topic, let me know that too.

Big Idea 1: The Practice of Science.


  • SC.3.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually and in teams through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
    What is Science? video, free, ClosedCaptions
    What is Science?: Natural video

  • SC.3.N.1.2 Compare the observations made by different groups using the same tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups.
    The Importance of Observation video
    Waterfall Effect video, ClosedCaptions

  • SC.3.N.1.3 Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial, written, or simple charts and graphs, of investigations conducted.

  • SC.3.N.1.4 Recognize the importance of communication among scientists.

  • SC.3.N.1.5 Recognize that scientists question, discuss, and check each others' evidence and explanations.

  • SC.3.N.1.6 Infer based on observation.

  • SC.3.N.1.7 Explain that empirical evidence is information, such as observations or measurements, that is used to help validate explanations of natural phenomena.
    What is Science? video, free, ClosedCaptions
    Fish in a Bucket text page

Big Idea 5: Earth in Space and Time

Big Idea 6: Earth Structures


  • SC.3.E.6.1 Demonstrate that radiant energy from the Sun can heat objects and when the Sun is not present, heat may be lost.
    Solar Power video

Big Idea 8: Properties of Matter

Big Idea 9: Changes in Matter

Big Idea 10: Forms of Energy

Big Idea 11: Energy Transfer and Transformations


  • SC.3.P.11.1 Investigate, observe, and explain that things that give off light often also give off heat.

  • SC.3.P.11.2 Investigate, observe, and explain that heat is produced when one object rubs against another, such as rubbing one's hands together.
    Exploring Friction text page

Big Idea 14: Organization and Development of Living Organisms

Big Idea 15: Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms


  • SC.3.L.15.1 Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.
    Feathers video
    A Walk in the Park video
    Scientific Names video, ClosedCaptions
    Review Classify-2 practice
    Review Classify-1 practice
    Review Classify-3 practice

  • SC.3.L.15.2 Classify flowering and nonflowering plants into major groups such as those that produce seeds, or those like ferns and mosses that produce spores, according to their physical characteristics.
    Pumpkin Guts video, free, ClosedCaptions
    Seed Search video, free, ClosedCaptions
    Review Plants-4 practice
    Review Plants-8 practice

Big Idea 17: Interdependence


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