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Grade 3 - Science Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE)

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3rd Grade Science Georgia Standards of Excellence

*New 3rd Grade Science Teacher Notes​ are packed with background information for the disciplinary core ideas, application of the science and engineering practices, potential ideas that students enter the classroom with, and basic phenomena ideas. 

*New 3rd Grade Science Self-Evaluation Checklist​: Consider using this resource to support students progressing towards standard mastery. 

GSE Clarifications​

Distance Learning

​This plan was specifically designed for use during these uncertain times as support for school districts, administrators, teachers, and parents who are working tirelessly to provide students with quality content in a remote format. The plan includes both "plugged and unplugged" activities.​

​​3rd Grade Distance Learning Plan: ​Rocks and Soils​

​​3rd Grade Distance Learning Plan: Animals and Plants of Georgia​

3rd Grade Distance Learning Plan: Heat​

​The Distance Learning Plans are now available in Spanish through our Dual Language Immersion Program!​

Instructional Resources

3rd Grade Science Curriculum Map

Third Grade Pacing Guides

1. Rocks, Soils and Fossils of Georgia
2. Under the Sun
3. Pollution and Conservation

Instructional Segments

1. Rocks, Soils, and Fossils of Georgia​

Lab - My Soil Record
Lab - My Plant Record
What’s in a Rock
Moh’s Hardness Scale
Pictures - Rocks Become Soil
Research Guide – Regions of Georgia
PowerPoint: Rocks in Regions of Georgia
Data Sheet - Fossil Dig

2. Under the Sun
PowerPoint: Animal Adaptations

3. Pollution and Conservation
PowerPoint: Rubber Duck Races

Essential Toolkit - TRL Public

New resources are currently being added to the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) of the Essential Toolkit within the Teacher Resource Link (TRL Public). SLDS is available to all public school educators in Georgia. If you are not a public educator and need access to resources, please visit TRL Public.


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Science GSE Feedback Program

Note: Science Resources are developed and reviewed by educators. Be a part of our community by participating in the Resource Feedback Program. We need the help of science teachers to continuously improve the resources GaDOE provides. After you have used a GaDOE Science resource, click here to complete the feedback form.

Professional Learning

Visit the GaDOE science website  for professional learning opportunities, resources, and other information.

GaDOE has launched a new platform to provide the opportunity for science teachers, leaders and GaDOE staff to share thoughts and resources. Meet the wonderful virtual specialists from around the state that we are working with to lead groups. To get started, visit the GaDOE community website, select Create an Account and follow the prompts. Navigate to the Groups section and join the groups you are most interested in. We look forward to connecting!​

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