Forces and Magnets Science Unit Kit for Grade 3

forces, motion, and magnetism science lessons for 3rd grade
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A complete teaching kit for a unit on magnets, forces and motion for grade 3

Explore forces and magnets with exciting and practical investigations to develop students' scientific knowledge and understanding. This comprehensive teaching kit has everything you need for teaching a full unit or creating mini-projects with no hassle, no prep, and no additional resources!

What's Included In This Teaching Kit

For the teacher:
  • 12 complete guided lesson plans and 39 accompanying printable resources
  • Forces and motion lesson plans as well as lessons on magnets, gravity, air resistance, water resistance, friction and levers and pulleys
  • Designed to be flexible - lesson plans can be used for stand-alone mini-projects or a longer sequence of lessons
  • Aligned with Science and Engineering standards

For the student:

  • Games, discussion tasks, hands-on experiments with magnets and much more
  • Detailed teaching notes and suggested extension activities to develop students’ questioning and decision making skills
  • Focus on vocabulary introduced and used in each session
  • Key scientific knowledge and skills mapped out for each lesson plan

What You'll Find Inside

Session 1: What Is a Force? (pages 9-15)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Activity: Forces – Rank the Materials
  • Friction Investigation Planner
  • Friction Investigation — Results

Session 2: Magic or Magnets? (pages 16-21)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Activity: Magic or Magnets?
  • Activity: The Great Fernando – Fact or Fraud?

Session 3: Is everything Magnetic? (pages 22-34)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Investigation — Is Everything Magnetic?
  • Activity: Magnetic or Non-Magnetic — Sorting Activity
  • Activity: Metals — Magnetic or Non-Magnetic

Session 4: Which Magnet Is The Strongest? (pages 35-42)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Activity: Magnets – Attract or Repel?
  • Activity: Which Magnet is the Strongest?
  • Activity: “Super Scientist” Prompts

Session 5: Are Two Magnets Stronger Than One? (pages 43-47)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Activity: Are Two Magnets Stronger Than One?

Session 6: Magnetic Gaming (pages 48-55)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Magnetic Games — How Do They Work?
  • Activity: Design a Magnetic Game
  • Magnetic Game Flowchart
  • Magnetic Game Evaluation

Session 7: Gravity Investigation (pages 56-63)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Forces in Balance
  • Investigation Prediction
  • Gravity Investigation Planner

Session 8: Air Resistance (pages 64-72)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Activity: Air Resistance Paper Test
  • Air Resistance: Good or Bad?

Session 9: Air Resistance Investigation — Parachute problem (pages 73-80)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Equal and Opposite Forces
  • Activity: Air Resistance Investigation Letter
  • Air Resistance Investigation Plan
  • Risk and Reward Rescue Challenge – Investigation Prompts
  • Activity: Parachute Jump

Session 10: Water Resistance – What is it?(pages 81-86)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Activity: Which Shape Moves Most Quickly Through Water?
  • Investigation Prompts

Session 11: Friction Investigation — Which surface gives the greatest friction? (pages 87-96)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • The Power of Friction
  • Sole Patterns
  • Activity: Which Surface Creates the Most Friction?
  • Investigation Prompts
  • Activity: Friction: Advantage or Disadvantage?

Session 12: Levers and Pulleys (pages 97-101)

  • Lesson Plan and Teaching Notes
  • Gears, Pulleys and Levers
  • Activity: Gears Investigation
  • Activity: Make Your Own Pulley

Forces and Magnets Teaching Unit Kit - Sample 1

Forces and Magnets Teaching Unit Kit - Sample 2

Forces and Magnets Teaching Unit Kit - Sample 1

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