3rd Grade Earth Science
[Constructing and Reflecting] [Life Science] [Physical Science] [Earth Science] [Health]
What do you want students to:
know, do, be like?
How will you know if benchmarks have been achieved?
What possible instructional resources
could be used?
I (introduce), P (practice), M (master)
The following benchmarks can be found in UNIT D: Earth’s Resources Labs & Activities


Print Material:

Field Trips:

  • Cranbrook Museum
  • Cranbrook Planetarium
  • Ann Arbor Museum of Natural History

IRC Activities: Check calendar frequently for new events.

  • Space Adventure

Units of Practice:
Each UOP, located on the Utica Learning Interchange (ULI), is developed by one of your colleagues, an experienced teacher, and exemplifies an approach to integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. Search the UOPs by Subject and Level or by Keyword.

  • Rock Hounds & Mineral Miners
  • Seasons In Motion

Web Links

V.1.E.1 Describe major features of the earth's surface. SS M V.1.E.1 Students successfully complete a landform quiz. Enchanted Learning

or successful completion of Landform Map

V.1.E.2 Recognize and describe different types of earth materials. SS add resources M V.1.E.2 Students identify types of rocks and how they were formed using the Rock Hounds website and this set of questions.
V.1.E.4 Explain how rocks and fossils are used to understand the history of the earth. M get additional resources V.1.E.4 Students answer the question:"How are rocks and fossils used to understand the history of the earth?" MICLiMB
V.2.E.1 Describe how water exists on earth in three states. M V.2.E.1 Students do experiment and restate with accuracy. 3 States of Water
V.2.E.2 Trace the path that rain water follows after it falls. M V.2.E.2 Successful completion of water cycle drawing and paragraph .

Build Your Own Water Cycle.

V.2.E.3 Identify sources of water and its uses. M V.2.E.3 Students can recite and describe sources of water ie: wells, aquifer, surface water, reservoir.
V.3.E.2 Describe seasonal changes in Michigan's weather. P V.3.E.2 Students will successfully answer the following question:"How do the temperature and precipitation for each season affect what we wear?" MICLiMB
The following benchmarks can be found in UNIT B: Sun, Moon, & Earth
V.4.E.1 Compare and contrast characteristics of the sun, moon and earth. P V.4.E.1 Students complete "How are The Sun, Moon, & Eart Alike and Different"
V.4.E.2 Describe the motion of the earth around the sun and the moon around the earth. P V.4.E.2 HyperStudio project - The Moon Phases

Committee Members:
Holly Cook, Nancy Harris, Theresa Hasenauer, Beth Marshall, Alice Miller, Sandy Richards, and Debbie Slusher

Last Revised: Thu, Feb 5, 2004