The Third Grade Science objectives build upon problem-solving and experimentation moving into a more in-depth study of science. Through a progressive rigorous, integrated approach, the inquiry-based program of study blends science and 21st century skills and provides students opportunities to demonstrate scientific literacy in the fields of life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences. By engaging in active inquiries, investigations and hands-on activities throughout the instructional day, students focus on the major themes of science: systems, changes, and models in order to develop conceptual understanding and research skills as described in the objectives. Third Grade Science highlights science-related careers. The study of geology and astronomy expands in Third Grade Science. Collecting and testing materials, recording data, and developing concepts relating to physics and chemistry expand the student’s investigative abilities leading to logical conclusions. The content focus develops early problem-solving skills through observing, experimenting and concluding. Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated throughout instruction as students define problems and design solutions related to the course objectives. Students use safe and proper techniques for handling, manipulating, and caring for science materials and treating living organisms humanely. Third Grade Science intentionally supports developmental and academic growth.