Manitoba
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

GRADE 3: SCIENCE

What your child is learning

In Grade 3, children learn about the characteristics, growth and needs of plants. They discover that there are different types of soils and that these affect plant growth. Grade 3 children study different types of materials to understand how the strength and stability of structures are linked to the properties of materials and how the structures are put together. By studying gravity, magnetism and static electricity, they learn about forces that can have an effect without direct contact.

To find out more about what you child is learning, we encourage you to talk to the teacher. The department has also developed Curriculum Essentials posters that provide an overview of the knowledge, processes and skills for this subject area. You may also wish to refer to the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes.

How your child is assessed

The teacher will assess your child’s progress in the areas described in the WHAT MY CHILD IS LEARNING tab. The teacher will also assess how your child uses scientific inquiry, solves problems and makes decisions in science. The reports you receive from the school help you to support your child’s learning. You can use them to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.

Resources

Children are naturally curious and are eager to explore and discover the world that surrounds them. Cultivate this curiosity. Consider games and toys that nurture the design process and problem solving.

Here’s a few website you can start with to get some ideas.

Try Science  – science activities for children and their families that can be done at home. 
Let’s talk science offers a comprehensive database of science activities for the families.

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