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Skills available for Mississippi third-grade science standards

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L.3 Life Science

P.3 Physical Science

  • DCI.P.3.5 Organization of Matter and Chemical Interactions

    • P.3.5 Students will demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of matter to explain why matter can change states between a solid, liquid, or gas dependent upon the addition or removal of heat.

      • P.3.5.1 Plan and conduct scientific investigations to determine how changes in heat (i.e., an increase or decrease) change matter from one state to another (e.g., melting, freezing, condensing, boiling, or evaporating).

      • P.3.5.2 Develop and use models to communicate the concept that matter is made of particles too small to be seen that move freely around in space (e.g., inflation and shape of a balloon, wind blowing leaves, or dust suspended in the air).

      • P.3.5.3 Plan and conduct investigations that particles speed up or slow down with addition or removal of heat.

  • DCI.P.3.6 Motions, Forces, and Energy

E.3 Earth and Space Science

  • DCI.E.3.7 Earth's Structure and History

  • DCI.E.3.9 Earth's Systems and Cycles

    • E.3.9 Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the Earth's systems (i.e., geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) interact in multiple ways to affect Earth's surface materials and processes.

      • E.3.9.1 Develop models to communicate the characteristics of the Earth's major systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere (e.g., digital models, illustrations, flip books, diagrams, charts, tables).

      • E.3.9.2 Construct explanations of how different landforms and surface features result from the location and movement of water on Earth's surface (e.g., watersheds, drainage basins, deltas, or rivers).

      • E.3.9.3 Use graphical representations to communicate the distribution of freshwater and saltwater on Earth (e.g., oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers, groundwater, or polar ice caps).

  • DCI.E.3.10 Earth's Resources

    • E.3.10 Students will demonstrate an understanding that all materials, energy, and fuels that humans use are derived from natural sources.

      • E.3.10.1 Identify some of Earth's resources that are used in everyday life such as water, wind, soil, forests, oil, natural gas, and minerals and classify as renewable or nonrenewable.

      • E.3.10.2 Obtain and communicate information to exemplify how humans attain, use, and protect renewable and nonrenewable Earth resources.

      • E.3.10.3 Use maps and historical information to identify natural resources in the state connecting

        • E.3.10.3.a how resources are used for human needs and

        • E.3.10.3.b how the use of those resources impacts the environment.

      • E.3.10.4 Design a process for cleaning a polluted environment (e.g., simulating an oil spill in the ocean or a flood in a city and creating a solution for containment and/or cleanup). Use an engineering design process to define the problem, design, construct, evaluate, and improve the environment.