Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Science/Health Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is  based on the National Common Core Standards.   The standards are correlated with the Common Core ELA and Math Standards  when applicable.  As with all of our  educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation.  Science and Health are often  integrated in the overall Religion, Literacy, Math and Physical Education  program at the primary level of instruction while maintaining some independent  experiences as well.

The content of third  grade science is centered around the following Common Core domains: WCI – Weather, Climate,  and Impacts

  • use mathematics and computational  thinking to observe and record local weather data over time using standard  units
  • analyze and interpret weather data to  identify day-to-day typical variations as well as long-term patterns
  • obtain information about different  climatic areas to predict typical weather conditions expected in a particular  season in a given area
  • obtain and evaluate information about  a variety of weather-related hazards that result from natural processes, as  well as their environmental and societal impacts
  • collaboratively design, compare, and  refine solutions that reduce the environmental or societal impact of a weather-related  hazard

Environmental Impacts  on Organism

  • obtain, evaluate, and communicate  information about the types of habitats in which organisms live, and ask  questions based on that information
  • obtain, evaluate, and communicate  information that in any particular environment, some kinds of organism survive  well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all
  • analyze data to describe how humans,  like all other organisms, obtain living and non-living resources from their  environment
  • use models to evaluate how  environmental changes in a habitat affect the number and types of organisms  that live there; some remain, move in, move out, and/or die
  • use evidence to argue that some  changes in an organism’s habitat can be beneficial or harmful to the organism
  • obtain and communicate information  about the charactertics of groups of organisms and evaluate how groups help  organisms survive
  • use data about the characteristics of  organisms and habitats to design an artificial habitat in which the organisms  can survive

SFS Structure,  Function, and Stimuli

  • investigate and explain how internal  and external structures in plants serve functions of growth, survival,  behavior, and reproduction
  • construct explanations of how  structures in animals serve functions of growth, survival, reproduction, and  behavior
  • design a device that replaces an  external structure and analyze data on its physical properties to compare  alternative solutions to the problem
  • use observations and models to design  a simple process to classify plants and animals based on their structures
  • obtain information that animals have  structures that allow them to respond to stimuli through instinct or memory
  • investigate and explain that for an  object to be seen, light must be reflected off the object and enter the eye
  • investigate and provide evidence that  the color people see depends on the color of the available light sources as  well as the properties of the surface of the object reflecting the light

Interactions of Forces

  • investigate the motion of objects to  determine observable and measurable patterns to predict future motions
  • investigate the motion of objects by  comparing the relative sizes and direction of forces on an object at rest to  the forces on an object whose motion is changing
  • use models to explain the effects of  balanced and unbalanced forces on a system
  • investigate the forces between two or  more magnets to identify patterns
  • investigate the push-and-pull forces  between objects not in contact with one another
  • design and refine solutions to a  problem by using magnets to move objects not in contact with one another