3rd Grade

Below are the module descriptions for 3rd Grade.  We will complete three (TBD) of the following modules this year.


Stability and Motion: Science of Flight - Students are engaged in developing an understanding of the forces involved in flight as well as Newton’s Laws of Motion. Discovering computer-aided design, students use basic descriptive geometry as a component of design. Students apply their knowledge and skills to design, build, and test an experimental model glider to explore forces that affect flight. In addition, they modify their glider designs as they solve a real-world problem.

Apps we use in this module:  Aero!





Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions - Students explore simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and more as they investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Additionally, students explore magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other through a hands-on project. Finally, students apply their knowledge of mechanisms and magnetic interactions as part of a solution to a design problem.


Variation of Traits - Students investigate the differences between inherited genetic traits and traits that are learned or influenced by the environment. Students explore the phenomena that offspring may express different traits than parents as they learn about dominant and recessive genes. Students use what they learn to predict inheritance patterns of plants through multiple generations and investigate how predicted outcomes compare to experimental results.


Programming Patterns - Students begin to move beyond basic sequential computer programs to discover the power of modularity and abstraction. Starting with computer-free activities and progressing to programming in a blocks-based language on a tablet, students learn how to think computationally about a problem. They gain appreciation for the powerful computing practice of reducing programmatic solutions so they are generic enough to be reused in a variety of specific circumstances. Building on this transformational way of thinking, students create a final program using modular functions and branching logic.