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3rd Grade NGSS Science

Are you a third-grade teacher? Do you teach 3rd Grade NGSS science? Is your state using the Next Generation Science Standards? 

🏫 It can be hard to make sure you are covering all of the NGSS standards. It is time-consuming to redo all your current lesson plans to make sure they are aligned with NGSS third grade. 

💸 Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the resources you need in one place? And for a discount? Who doesn’t love a good deal? 

🧬 Do you want a 3rd grade NGSS Science Bundle from someone who understands NGSS?

✅ If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have the perfect bundle for you! This bundle and the included assessment cover life science standards, earth science standards, physical science standards, and Engineering Design standards for 3rd Grade NGSS.

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This 3rd grade NGSS science bundle has everything you need for the entire school year, saving you time you would have spent planning!

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📝 These resources include hands-on activities, slideshows, informational text reading passages, science labs, science centers, response pages, and an assessment for each strand of NGSS third grade.

What exactly are the Next Generation Science Standards or NGSS?

Within the NGSS, there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These three dimensions are combined to form each standard, and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. Engineering and technology are featured alongside the natural sciences.

Three-Dimensional Learning shifts the focus of the science classroom to environments where students use disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts with scientific practices to explore, examine, and explain how and why phenomena occur and to design solutions to problems. The focus is on making sense of science instead of memorizing a set of facts.

The three dimensions of NGSS are the Science and Engineering Practices, the Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas.

NGSS Third Grade

1. Science and Engineering Practices

The science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate phenomena and what engineers do to design solutions to problems. Students use the science and engineering practices to practice their skills of inquiry as they explore the natural world. Students engage in practices to build, deepen and apply their knowledge of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. 

Although engineering design is similar to scientific inquiry, there are significant differences. For example, scientific inquiry involves the formulation of a question that can be answered through investigation, while engineering design involves the formulation of a problem that can be solved through design. Strengthening the engineering aspects of the Next Generation Science Standards will clarify for students the relevance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the four STEM fields) to everyday life.

The eight science and engineering practices for NGSS are:

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using math and computational thinking
  • Constructing an explanation (for science) and designing a solution (for engineering)
  • Engaging in an argument stemming from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
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2. Crosscutting Concepts

Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science.

The crosscutting concepts give the students a lens that shows them how to think about the problem at hand. The crosscutting concepts also let the teacher know what types of questions to ask. There are 7 crosscutting concepts that the National Research Council has outlined, which appear in the Next Generation Science Standards. They are:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change
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3. Disciplinary Core Ideas

The Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that students must learn at each level. They build on one another at each grade level. There are disciplinary core ideas in each domain of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering.

  • Have broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or be a key organizing concept of a single discipline; 
  • Provide a key tool for understanding or investigating more complex ideas and solving problems;
  • Relate to the interests and life experiences of students or be connected to societal or personal concerns that require scientific or technological knowledge;
  • Be teachable and learnable over multiple grades at increasing levels of depth and sophistication.


Another aspect of the Next Generation Science Standards is the use of Phenomena. Phenomena-based science encourages students to ask questions, discover connections, and design models to make sense of what they observe. Students examine a phenomenon and then ask questions, collaborate with partners, and design models.

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What is Inside the 3rd Grade NGSS Science Bundle?

Now that you know a little bit more about NGSS, you are probably wondering what exactly comes in this bundle. The resources in this bundle include slideshows, informational text reading passages, science labs, science centers, response pages, and an assessment for each strand of NGSS third grade.

The following resources are included in this Science Bundle for 3rd Grade NGSS:

3-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

3-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

3-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

3-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

3-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

3-ESS2 Earth’s Systems

3-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

3-5-ETS1 Engineering Design

NGSS Third Grade Scope and Sequence

his bundle covers all the standards for NGSS 3rd grade for the entire year. Students will love these engaging third-grade science lessons. Each unit meets one or more of the NGSS third-grade standards. 

If you purchased everything in this bundle a la carte, it would cost 89.45!

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Super helpful. I loved that a suggested schedule, materials list, and assessments were included. Lesson plans are easy to follow.

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