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MST STEM KITS GRADE 3

 

  • This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the interdependence of the natural world through careful observation of a given area in the schoolyard.  Special emphasis will be placed on observing, describing, collecting data, interpreting data, and discussing.  Integrated hands-on math activities are also included in this kit.

  • This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe the phenomena of buoyancy. Students will engage in inquiry about why some things sink and some things float. Students will explore properties of materials. Students will plan and construct their own floating containers from modeling clay and compare it to containers already constructed. Students will experiment with their boats and the concept of displacement. Students will also measure the buoyant force in water using fishing bobbers and a rubber band scale that they construct out of Knex.

  • This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe the life cycle of butterflies and moths. Although the title implies that moths will be studied, no moth larvae are sent with the unit. Methods of collecting moths and moth larvae are suggested.  Students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences in the body structures of butterflies and moths. Humane treatment of animals should be stressed throughout this unit.

  • This unit utilizes a popcorn theme. It was developed to provide an opportunity for students to have enjoyable science experiences focused on Energy Forms and Interactions. This unit will help students recognize that energy and energy interactions cause many of the changes that happen around them. Students will participate in teacher directed experiences where several energy forms and interactions occur including the popping and sprouting of popcorn kernels.

  • Students will examine the parts of the USDA Food Pyramid, journal their food choices and analyze those choices, identify the variety of foods to be eaten from each food group, and read and compare food labels for nutritional value. They will also describe and demonstrate the functions of the major parts of the digestive system. The skills emphasized in the kit are brainstorming, discussing, collecting data, interpreting data, making decisions, generalizing, classifying, measuring, and analyzing.

  • Students will rotate through stations that help assess a student’s level of knowledge and understanding after completing the third grade science kits. Special emphasis is placed on observing, classifying, manipulating, measuring, communicating, and collecting data.

    ** One Assessment kit will be provided per school and should be shared by all third grade level teachers in the building. Shipment will begin in May.

  • This unit allows students to explore the life cycle of a frog. The main topics in this kit are life cycles, life spans, inherited traits, environmental traits, adaptations, and habitats. This kit aligns with the NYS standards and is designed for 30 students to be used while working in pairs. A Frog coupon (eggs, tadpoles, and froglets) will be in your kit at delivery, and it takes up to 3 weeks for delivery after sending the coupon in for the frogs to arrive.