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Skills available for North Carolina third-grade science standards

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Forces and Motion

  • NCES.3.P.1 Understand motion and factors that affect motion.

    • NCES.3.P.1.1 Infer changes in speed or direction resulting from forces acting on an object.

    • NCES.3.P.1.2 Compare the relative speeds (faster or slower) of objects that travel the same distance in different amounts of time.

    • NCES.3.P.1.3 Explain the effects of earth's gravity on the motion of any object on or near the earth.

Matter: Properties and Change

Energy: Conservation and Transfer

Earth in the Universe

  • NCES.3.E.1 Recognize the major components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system.

    • NCES.3.E.1.1 Recognize that the earth is part of a system called the solar system that includes the sun (a star), planets, and many moons and the earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system.

    • NCES.3.E.1.2 Recognize that changes in the length and direction of an object's shadow indicate the apparent changing position of the Sun during the day although the patterns of the stars in the sky, to include the Sun, stay the same.

Earth Systems, Structures and Processes

Structures and Functions of Living Organisms

  • NCES.3.L.1 Understand human body systems and how they are essential for life: protection, movement and support.

    • NCES.3.L.1.1 Compare the different functions of the skeletal and muscular system.

    • NCES.3.L.1.2 Explain why skin is necessary for protection and for the body to remain healthy.

Ecosystems