Posted: Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:01am Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:18am

This Teacher Resource Guide has been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the Indiana Academic Standards for Third Grade. These resources are provided to help you in your work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources are optional; teachers should decide which resources will work best in their school for their students.

This resource document is a living document and will be frequently updated.

Please send any suggested links and report broken links to:
Nick Flowers
Elementary Math and Science Specialist 

The resources, clarifying statements, and vocabulary in this document are for illustrative purposes only, to promote a base of clarity and common understanding. Each item illustrates a standard but please note that the resources, clarifying statements, and vocabulary are not intended to limit interpretation or classroom applications of the standards.

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Physical Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
3.PS.1 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.  
3.PS.2 Identify types of simple machines and their uses.  Investigate and build simple machines to understand how they are used. Simple Machines MaterialsSimple Machines ResourcesExploring Simple Machines WebQuest
3.PS.3 Generate sound energy using a variety of materials and techniques, and recognize that it passes through solids, liquids, and gases (i.e. air).  
3.PS.4 Investigate and recognize properties of sound that include pitch, loudness (amplitude), and vibration as determined by the physical properties of the object making the sound.  
Earth and Space Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, and Simulations
3.ESS.1 Obtain and combine information to determine seasonal weather patterns across the different regions of the United States. Climatology Scavenger HuntClimate, Coloring, Crosswords…
3.ESS.2 Develop solutions that could be implemented to reduce the impact of weather related hazards.  
3.ESS.3 Observe the detailed characteristics of rocks and minerals. Identify and classify rocks as being composed of different combinations of minerals.  
3.ESS.4 Determine how fossils are formed, discovered, layered over time, and used to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.  
Life Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
3.LS.1 Analyze evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.  
3.LS.2 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the basic needs of plants to grow, develop, and reproduce. What do Plants need?What Makes Plants Grow?
3.LS.3 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.  
3.LS.4 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive. Insects that Work Together
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
3-5.E.1 Identify a simple problem with the design of an object that reflects a need or a want.  Include criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.  
3-5.E.2 Construct and compare multiple plausible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.  
3-5.E.3 Construct and perform fair investigations in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.