​Traveling Scientist - Third Grade

These programs provide a hands-on opportunity for students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the sciences through the exploration of the animal kingdom and physical science concepts. In addition, the program fosters a commitment to the protection and understanding of the environment and community. The programs are aligned with the California Science Content Standards and the California Science Framework to ensure that teachers’ curricular needs are met. 

Third  Grade

Some of our Traveling Scientist programs have changed grade levels to better support the Next Generation Science Standards.  Download a complete list of changes here.
MAD Plants
In cooperative teams, students will design a native plant garden based on the plants’ growing requirements, learn how plants move, adapt or die in response to environmental conditions, identify native plants using their adaptations as clues, and explore the plant communities of California through a hands-on map activity.
MAD Plants supports ​3-LS3-2 and 3-LS4-4 of the Next Generation Science Standards.


Magnets are Magnificent! – New Grade for 2017-2018
This program better supports the Next Generation Science Standards for 3rd Grade.
Magnetism magic is demystified as students investigate electromagnetic motors, magnets and compasses at various hands-on lab stations. 
Magnets are Magnificent supports ​3-PS2-3 and 3-PS2-4 of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Eight Legs or Six? – New Grade for 2017-2018
This program better supports the Next Generation Science Standards for 3rd Grade.
Stereotypes and fear towards insects and spiders are lessened as students learn about the animals’ body parts and experience the thrill of touching live arthropods. Through lab stations, students discover the important role some of these animals have on Earth as decomposers.
Eight Legs or Six? supports 3-LS1-1 and 3-LS3-1 of the Next Generation Science Standards.
All Grades
Amazing Animals
Live animals are presented to you and your students by our trained Traveling Scientist. Learn about the unique characteristics and behaviors of mammals, reptiles, birds, and other species of the animal kingdom.
Birds of Prey
Hawks, owls, and other raptors are brought into the classroom to teach students about the roles these predators play in the balance of nature. Students visit lab stations which include experiencing hawk vision and discovering the diet of an owl through an owl pellet dissection.
Rethink Resources 
Is all of our trash really waste? Rethink Resources uses trash to explore the connection between humans and the natural world. Through hands-on activities that focus on the five R's: Reduce, Reuse, Rot, Repurpose, and Recycle, students will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of natural resources and how we can conserve them by producing less waste.
We work with your school schedule!
Each program is 60 minutes in length.
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