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Balanced and Unbalanced Forces with Fair Tests – 3rd Grade Science Unit

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

This complete unit will help your 3rd grade science class learn about balanced and unbalanced forces with fair tests!

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces for Third Grade. Students will learn about fair tests and they will plan and carry out an investigation on the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces. Students will learn about gravity and friction and that forces come in pairs. This unit includes two slide shows, hands-on activities, labs, and follow-up pages. It also includes answer keys and a one-page article on balanced and unbalanced forces. 

Your third-grade scientist will love conducting their own fair test investigation! The only materials needed are a few tennis balls, a playground ball, a few toy cars, and blocks. 

If you use the suggested lesson plan that I’ve included, the unit will cover five days worth of lessons!

Forces for Third grade

Your third grade scientists will LOVE conducting their own fair test investigation!

The only materials needed are a few tennis balls, a playground ball, a few toy cars, and blocks.

Along with the hands-on activities, this complete unit also includes two PowerPoint slideshows:

balanced forces
variables in fair tests

As well as a one-page informational text article, follow-up pages, labs, recording sheets, and answer keys for everything!

Forces and Motion balanced and unbalanced forces

This is a standards-aligned unit that will help you cover NGSS 3-PS2-1 and Utah SEEd 3.3.1!

Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

NGSS 3-PS2-1

Plan and carry out investigations that provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Emphasize investigations where only one variable is tested at a time.

Utah SEEd 3.3.1
What are balanced forces?

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Loved this resource for science instruction. Great lessons and labs! Students really enjoyed and it was aligned perfectly to standards.

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This is an excellent resource that is really aligned with the standards. The activities are engaging and the author put a lot of effort into details.

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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