Every science lesson should include a process skills standard AND a content standard. Additionally, investigations should be conducted to practice multiple process skills EACH nine weeks.

Process Skills Standards

The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations in which:

3.1a observations are made and repeated to ensure accuracy
3.1b predictions are formulated using a variety of sources of information
3.1c objects with similar characteristics or properties are classified into at least two sets and two subsets
3.1d natural events are sequenced chronologically
3.1e length, volume, mass, and temperature are estimated and measured in metric & English units using proper tools
3.1f time is measured to the nearest minute using proper tools and techniques
3.1g questions are developed to formulate hypotheses
3.1h data are gathered, charted, graphed, and analyzed
3.1i unexpected or unusual quantitative data are recognized
3.1j inferences are made and conclusions are drawn
3.1k data are communicated
3.1l models are designed and built
3.1m current applications are used to reinforce science concepts

Content Standards

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

(5 days)
3.1 - Scientific Investigations

Simple Machines
(13 days)
3.2 - Simple Machines

(13 days)
3.3 - Matter

Performance Assessment
(7 days)

Cycles, Patterns, & Change
(21 days)
3.8 - Cycles, Patterns, and Change

Water Resources
(10 days)
3.9 - Water Cycle

OPTIONAL Performance Assessment
(7 days)

(14 days)
3.4 - Adaptations

Food Chains
(12 days)
3.5 - Food Chain

(12 days)
3.6 - Ecosystems

(7 days)
3.7 - Soil

OPTIONAL Performance Assessment
(8 days)

Soil continued
(18 days)
3.7 - Soil

(10 days)
3.10 - Resources and Conservation

Energy & Embedded Performance Task
(14 days)
3.11 - Energy

38 Days 41 Days 52 Days 49 Days
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