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Students will work in small groups of two to three on a structured challenge around circuits which includes requirements such as including using a switch or a conductor. They will then use that knowledge to work on a collaborative challenge to solve a relevant problem related to elephant poaching. Students will create a containment system that will have an alarm system, a lighting system, and a way to pass through. Finally, they will review the other projects and discuss similarities and differences in the design.
Students will work in small collaborative groups to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth as it revolves around the Sun which creates a day and night cycle.
Stop, Collaborate, and Rotate
Students will explore the Earth's rotation and its relation to the Sun and the Moon. Then, students will create a visual representation of this relationship and present it to the rest of the class.
Push Back, Pull Forward
Students will conduct an experiment to demonstrate force such as pushes and pulls.
Uses of Energy Lab
Students will rotate through lab stations equipped with objects and videos as they explore the uses and conversion of five different types of energy.
Going on an Expedition
Students observe how dunes and canyons are created through agents of erosion by weathering and erosion.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Vertical Alignment
Click below to learn about the TEKS related to the unit and Research Lesson. The highlighted student expectation(s) is the chosen focus for the Research Lesson.
Weathering and Decomposition
A Tier 1 earth science instructional resource for grade 3
Light: Reflection and Refraction
This is a tier I instructional resource to provide a scaffolded learning experience for TEKS (5)(6)(C).
Investigating and Comparing Life Cycles
A Tier I life science instructional resource for grade 3
Motion of the Ocean | Nature Cat
Sing along with Nature Cat, Nature Dog, and their friends and learn about how the ocean currents work with this “Motion of the Ocean” song! From the Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion special.
How to Travel Around the World | Nature Cat
In this fun clip from Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion, Nature Dog and Sputnik form an unlikely alliance to rescue Mr. Chewinsky and in the process, they find out whether it’s possible to travel around the world using only the ocean currents.
Nature Cat | The Treasure of Bad Dog Bart
While digging a hole to bury his bone, Hal uncovers Bad Dog Bart's treasure map. Legend has it that Bag Dog Bart stole the neighborhood dogs' toys, and buried them in a treasure chest for himself!
States of Matter Fitness
In this 3rd through 5th grade video, students use their science knowledge and apply it using physical activity! Learning about the stages of matter, solid, liquid and gas, students perform an exercise for each as the teacher calls out an object such as soup or fog.
Forces at Work
A Tier 1 force and motion instructional resource for grade 3
Interactive Science Glossary
The Interactive Science Glossary is a resource that supports students who are learning the language of science. This resource includes written and spoken definitions and sentences in both Spanish and English. Students can even create, download, and print their own vocabulary cards.
Students will design a foil boat and add mass to test relative density.
A Tier 1 energy instructional resource for grade 3.
Science Academies for Grades 5–8, Part 2 for Trainers
This resource contains the files needed for trainers responsible for training science teachers in grades 5–8 across Texas.
Science Academies for Grades 5–8, Part 2 for Participants
This resource is available to participants of the Science Academies for Grades 5–8, Part 2. The purpose of the resource is to provide participants with the training materials and documents associated with the training.