Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Human Body- Third Grade

November 14, 2012

Your Muscles3 types of muscles A handout about the three types of muscles can be found on

Respiratory System ideas found on Spell Outloud


IMG_2954 IMG_2955 lung model


Animal Classification- Third Grade

September 28, 2012

Animal classification– notes on things to cover for this unit

Vertebrates and Invertebrates

Vertibrate sort

Notes on vertebrates (This is a chart to note each characteristic for vertebrate animals.)


Learning Ideas has a useful Venn Diagram

Sort stuffed animals


ScienceRoll has an x-ray of a turtle and a shell.  I searched for other x-ray pictures to show the spine or lack of spine in some of the animals that kids weren’t sure about.

Kids Corner– more classification cards

Kids Corner- on-line classification game

Cold-blooded Animals

Cold-blooded animals (Fish, amphibians, and reptiles information sheet-  print on blue paper)


Pictures of fish

I love these pictures showing warm and cold blooded using infrared technology.


Notes on warm-blooded animals (Mammals and birds information sheet- print on pink paper)


Pictures of birds

Memory game for mammals

Food Chain

Kid’s Corner Food Chain Game and other information.  The game is in the upper left-hand corner

Landforms sculpture

May 27, 2012

Your students will enjoy making all of the landforms that they learn about on this sculpture.  Cook up some clay (recipe to follow) and shape it onto a cardboard square.  After the landforms have dried, the students paint it using watercolors and then add on the paper labels.  The sculpture has cave, volcano, plateau,  mesa, desert, beach, grassland, valley, and mountain range.

Stove-Top Play Dough

1 c. flour

1 c. water

¼ c. salt

1 tbsp. oil (cooking or baby oil)

2 tbsp. cream of tartar

Mix ingredients in a saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat until it’s just like play dough (not gooey).  Let cool and store in a zip-lock bag.

Rocks and Minerals

March 22, 2012

syndetics-lcRocks and Minerals by Melvin and Gilda Berger


syndetics-lcEyewitness Rock and Mineral (video)

Lesson Plans:

Colorado Core Knowledge for First Grade has some great lesson plans.  I got almost all of my material from this site.  Be sure to look around since there were about 3-4 different lesson plans.


March 22, 2012


Stargazers by Gail Gibbons

syndetics-sc The Planets by Gail Gibbons

syndetics-lc The Big Dipper by Franklyn Branley


syndetics-lc Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

Postcards from Pluto by Loreen Leedy


syndetics-lcThe Magic School Bus: Space Adventures

syndetics-lcSpace Exploration: Adi in Space

Simple Machines

March 22, 2012

General Information

Sid the Science Kid from PBS


Inclined Planes

Bill Nye




Video for how to make a catapult



Projects that use many simple machines:

Balloon Poppers

Gumball Machine

This picture is showing an inclined plane with a bottom pulley lifting the straw.  You pull on a loose string from behind to lift the straw.

Simple Machines Poster: