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Science Pacing Guide

Science Pacing Guide

When I’m teaching?

“Week of…”

Where to find it?

(Chapter, Unit, Theme, etc.)

What I’m teaching?

(Common Core Standard)

What the students do?

“I can…” Statements

How long I teach?

(# of days)

Aug 9-11

Back to School!

Leader in Me


Participate in classroom activities! Demonstrate the 7 habits! Follow classroom and school rules!

3 days

Aug 14-

Sept 8th

Growth and Development of Organisms



Instructional Objective:  3-LS1-1 

  • The pattern of life cycles, include birth, growth, reproduction, and death
  • Reproduction is essential for a living thing to continue to exist over time
  • Plant structures involved in plant reproduction
  • The steps of plant reproduction
  • The different patterns of animal development direct development, complete metamorphosis, incomplete metamorphosis
  • Create a model of flowering plant life cycle
  • Create a model of an animal life cycle, including direct development, incomplete metamorphosis and complete metamorphosis
  • Compare and contrast the life cycles of plants and animals

19 days

Sept 11 – Sept 22

Inheritance of Traits


LS3.A:  Inheritance of Traits



Instructional Objective:




  • Offspring inherit traits from their parents
  • Variation occurs due to different combinations of inherited traits being passed on to offspring
  • Conditions of the environment can alter inherited traits
  • Environmental effects are not inherited or passed on to future offspring 
  • Determine the difference between inherited traits and environmental effects
  • Identify variation
  • Explain why variation occurs
  • Describe how environmental effects can change inherited traits


10 days

Sept. 25 – Oct. 27th

Ecosystems:  Group Behavior


LS2.D:  Social Interactions and Group Behavior


Instructional Objective:  3-LS2-1

  • Animals either live solitary or in groups
  • Animals cannot spend their entire lives alone; they need each other in order to breed
  • Living in a group has advantages (gathering food, defense, adjusting to changes).
  • Living in a group has disadvantages (competition for food, spread of disease).
  • Animal groups form for different reasons
  • Understand advantages of group living through experiences working in a group
  • Understand disadvantages of group living through experience working in a group or observing other work in a group
  • Compare and contrast different animal groups


17 days

Oct. 30 – Dec. 8.

Biodiversity and Humans


LS2.C; 3-LS4-1; 3-LS4-2; 23-LS4-3


Instructional Objective

3-LS4-1; 3-LS4-2; 3-LS4-3; 3-LS4-4

  • Habitats include biotic and abiotic factors
  • Identify biotic and abiotic factors in the environment
  • Analyze and interpret data to understand what has lived on Earth over time.
  • Fossils indicate changes of environments on Earth
  • Adaptations help organisms survive
  • Environmental changes affect an organism’s survival
  • Identify and explain specific causes of environmental change; and the direct implication for species in that environment
  • Define a problem and propose solutions for an environmental issue

22 days

January 3 – February 9

Earth’s Systems



ESS2.D; 3-ESS2-1; 3-ESS2-2


Instructional Objective:

3-ESS2-1; 3-ESS2-2

  • Weather includes temperature, precipitation, and wind on a day to day basis
  • Climate is the typical weather patterns over many years
  • How to use tools such as a thermometer, rain gauge, and wind vane to collect weather data
  • Climates vary around the world due to different amounts of rain varying temperatures, and wind patterns
  • Predict weather conditions based on information collected
  • Analyze and interpret data to understand what is the climate in different parts of the world
  • Ask questions about what caused changes in weather patterns
  • Collect data using tools such as thermometers, rain gauge, and a wind vane

25 days



State Assessment—Science

Performance Based Assessment






February 12-28

Natural Hazards



ESS3.B; 3-ESS3-1

Instructional Objective:


  • A natural hazard is an extreme event that occurs from natural processes
  • Natural hazards cannot be prevented
  • The damage from natural hazards can be minimized
  • Describe different natural hazards
  • Analyze methods for reducing damage caused by natural hazards.

15 days

March 2 – Mar.30

Motion and Stability


PS2.A; PS2.B


Instructional Objective:

3-PS2-1; 3-PS2-2; 3-PS3-3; 3-PS3-4

  • Forces are pushes and pulls
  • Motion occurs in predictable patterns
  • The cause and effect relationships of electric interactions
  • The cause and effect relationships of magnetic interactions
  • Magnets can be used to solve design problems
  • Plan and conduct investigations about forces
  • Make observations and measurements of motion
  • Ask questions about electric and magnetic interactions

Define a problem t6hat can be solved with magnets

10 days

April 17-28

Testing  Preparations/Reviews/Cumulative Assessments




10 days

May 1-5? TBD

KPREP Testing



5 days

May 8-May 18

End of the Year Activities



10 days

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