FOSS Module Summary

Course Summary – Motion and Matter

Motion and Matter provides grade 3 students with physical sciences core ideas dealing with forces and interactions, matter and its interactions, and with engineering design. Magnetism and gravity are the forces students explore as they look for patterns of motion to predict future motion. Students work with magnets and paper clips, wheel and axle systems, paper air twirlers, and rotating tops. Students use their knowledge of science to enter the engineering design process and through the process refine their science understanding.

Students build on the science concepts of matter and its interactions developed in grade 2 using new tools to quantify observations. Students use metric tools to refine observations by measuring mass and volume, they make mixtures and solutions to develop a foundational understanding of conservation of mass, and they observe a simple chemical reaction to extend their understanding of conservation. These new experiences with matter will prepare students for the disciplinary core ideas introduced in grade 5.

Throughout the Motion and Matter Module, students engage in science and engineering practices to collect data to answer questions, and to define problems in order to develop solutions. Students reflect on their own use of these practices and find out about how others use these practices in science and engineering careers.

For a description of each investigation in the MOTION AND MATTER and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the MOTION AND MATTER Module Overview PDF.

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