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Using the State Curriculum: Science, Grade 3

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Earth/Space:

Science:

State Curriculum Toolkit

Tools aligned to State Curriculum indicators and/or objectives.

  • Introduction for Standard or Indicator

Standard 2.0 Earth/Space Science

Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the chemical and physical interactions (i.e., natural forces and cycles, transfer of energy) of the environment, Earth, and the universe that occur over time.

Topic

C. Plate Tectonics

Indicator

  • 1. Gather information and provide evidence about the physical environment, becoming familiar with the details of geological features, observing and mapping locations of hills, valleys, rivers, and canyons.
Objectives
  1. Identify and describe some natural features of continents.
    • Mountains
    • Valleys
    • Rivers
    • Canyons
  2. Describe the natural features in their immediate outdoor environment, and compare the features with those of another region in Maryland.
  3. Identify and describe some features of the ocean floor.
    • Mountains
    • Valleys
    • Canyons
  4. Recognize and explain that an ocean floor is land covered by water.

Topic

E. Interactions of Hydrosphere and Atmosphere

Indicator

  • 1. Recognize and describe that water can be found as a liquid or a solid on the Earth's surface and as a gas in the Earth's atmosphere.
Objectives
  1. Describe that air is a substance that surrounds us and contains such things as oxygen, water vapor (gas), pollen, dust, etc.
  2. Observe and explain what happens when liquid water disappears.
    • Turns into water vapor (gas) in the air
    • Can reappear as a liquid or solid when cooled, such as clouds, fog, rain, snow, etc.

Note: Highlighting identifies assessment limits. All highlighted Indicators will be tested on the Grades 5 and 8 MSA. The highlighted Objectives under each highlighted Indicator identify the limit to which MSA items can be written. Although all content standards are tested on MSA, not all Indicators and Objectives are tested. Objectives that are not highlighted will not be tested on MSA, however are an integral part of Instruction.

January 2008