3rd Grade Science Natural History

3rd Grade Young Scientist Program

Crowley Museum & and Nature Center

Natural History

3rd Grade Science Program

Science comes alive at Crowley as third grade students explore our natural surroundings through the eyes of Botanists, Soil Scientists and Wild Life Biologists.

  • Students will learn the basic parts of leaves, how leaves work, and they will start a leaf study, looking at the edges of leaves, the shapes, and more.
  • SOIL SCIENTISTS. Students will explore the Crowley kitchen garden and discover the secrets of the soil: the micro-organisms, the nutrients, the parent material, the organic material and how all of these work together to create soil that supports plant life. We’ll look at pollinators, microorganisms, garden pests, parts of plants, sun’s energy, plant nutrition.
  • WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS In this segment students will become aware of the animal life all around them. They will learn about birds, watch for tracks and scat (animal droppings) and learn how the food chain works and how all of life is interdependent.

This program lasts 90 minutes


Minimum number of students for staff led programs is 20. One adult (teachers or chaperones) per 5 students for program participation are included at $5 per person. This program is available Monday thru Friday.

Program starts at 10 am and goes to 11:30 am. Picnic tables are available for bagged lunches.

DONATION COSTS: $10 per student $5 per adults 

REMINDERS: Dress comfortably and wear appropriate clothing (closed-toed shoes and hats, etc.).  Refillable water bottles are ideal.

CONTACT: Call 941-322-1000 or email: [email protected]

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NGSSS: Life Science, Physical Education, & Health standards


Big Idea: Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms –

  1. Earth is home to a great diversity of living things, but changes in the environment can affect their survival.
  2. Individuals of the same kind often differ in their characteristics and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

Big Idea: Organization and Development of Living Organisms –

  1. All plants and animals, including humans, are alike in some ways and different in others.
  2. All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce.
  3. Humans can better understand the natural world through careful observation.

Big Idea: Interdependence –

  1. Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs.
  2. Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment.
  3. Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.

Big Idea: Earth Structures –

Humans continue to explore the composition and structure of the surface of Earth. External sources of energy have continuously altered the features of Earth by means of both constructive and destructive forces. All life, including human civilization, is dependent on Earth’s water and natural resources.

  • E.6.1 Demonstrate that radiant energy from the Sun can heat objects and when the sun is not present, heat may be lost.
  • L.14.1 Describe structures in plants and their roles in food production, support, water and nutrient transport, and reproduction.
  • L.14.2 Investigate and describe how plants respond to stimuli (heat, light, gravity), such as the way plant stems grow toward light and their roots grow downward in response to gravity.
  • L.15.2 Classify flowering and non-flowering plants into major groups such as those that produce seeds, or those like ferns and mosses that produce spores, according to their physical characteristics.
  • L.17.1 Describe how animals and plants respond to changing seasons.
  • L.17.2 Recognize that plants use energy from the sun, air, and water to make their own food.
  • E.6.1 Demonstrate that radiant energy from the Sun can heat objects and when the Sun is not present, heat may be lost.
  • N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually and in teams through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
  • N.1.3 Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial, written, or simple charts and graphs, of investigations conducted.
  • N.1.6 Infer based on observation.

School Group Pre-Registration Form

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