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Elementary Full Curriculum Science for 3rd Grade, Part 1

Susan Laforet, M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(151)
This 12 week course follows the pacing of the first semester of 3rd grade science, covering science processes and procedures, force and motion, simple machines, properties of matter, forms of energy, natural resources, and weather.

Class experience

US Grade 3
Students will learn scientific process and procedures through the content typically taught in the first semester of 3rd grade. Strands include Nature of Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science.
I taught 5th grade science in the largest public school system in my state for 17 years. During that time I attended intense science training programs led by Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and i3Laser through the Smithsonian Institution/Department of Education.  I was honored as Teacher of the Year on my campus and a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year. After 17 years, I moved from the classroom to become a STEM instructional coach, supporting teachers across the district in the STEM content areas, and finally as a math and science instructional coach, leading professional development and supporting teachers and students at low performing campuses. I retired from the school district in 2021, and now I am blesses to focus on instilling the love of science in students without the requirements of state and district assessments. In my classes, students will learn and love science; they will not learn how to take science tests!
Homework Offered
Some weeks will have short assignments for students to complete individually, typically requiring no more than 30 minutes. There will be a final semester project based on student choice from a product menu to summarize learning in the course.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Formative assessment will be embedded throughout the course through a variety of games and activities. Parents will be provided with a written report at the end of the course.
Grades Offered
Students and parents will be provided with a teacher created rubric as a final course assessment.
Students will keep an interactive science notebook throughout the course, using a standard composition book. They will also need general art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, ruler, etc.).  Specific supplies for inquiry lessons will be posted on the class page at least 2 weeks prior to the lesson. Most will be easily available around the house. A complete supply may be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HRPoQDKe_q-VbSfZpUC_gM_--zhcJR3Q/view?usp=drive_link.
Some YouTube videos will be included, all of which are pre-screened for content and appropriate instructional level, and some created by the teacher. Lessons will be presented through the interactive Nearpod platform and will sometimes include Google applications, (docs and slides). Students will upload their assignments to the class page or to a designated Google Drive folder, open only to the teacher and enrolled students. Some Kahoot games will be used for assessment and engagement.
This class will follow best practices guidelines as set forth by the National Science Teacher's Association and Next Generation Science Standards.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(151)
I have been sharing my love of science and math with elementary students in public schools for over 26 years. I served most of that time in the classroom and then moved into Instructional Coaching to help other teachers improve their practice in... 
Group Class


for 24 classes
2x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Completed by 8 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-10
1-8 learners per class

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