Standard #: SC.3.L.17.2


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Recognize that plants use energy from the Sun, air, and water to make their own food.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 3
Body of Knowledge: Life Science
Big Idea: Interdependence -

A. Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs.

B. Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment.

C. Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Content Complexity Rating: Level 1: Recall - More Information
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

Course Number1111 Course Title222
5020040: Science - Grade Three (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720040: Access Science Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5020100: STEM Lab Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))


Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.3.L.17.In.2 Recognize that most plants make their own food.
SC.3.L.17.Su.2 Recognize that plants need light to grow.
SC.3.L.17.Pa.2 Recognize that plants need water.


Related Resources

Lesson Plans

Name Description
If You Build It, It Will Grow!

In this project students are challenged to build a greenhouse and plant seeds using the Engineering Design Process. They will measure plant growth over time and assess the quality of their greenhouses according to the results. Through this process students will gain an understanding of how plants respond to stimuli (heat, light, gravity) and will understand that plants need energy from the sun to make their own food. By designing and testing their greenhouses students will understand that using different materials can result in different outcomes. Students will observe different plant growth patterns and record their results. By doing this, students will see the importance of accurate note taking and be able to participate in group discussions by providing their evidence organized in graphs and tables.

Plant Cycles: Photosynthesis and Transpiration Students examine the effects of light and air on green plants, learning the processes of photosynthesis and transpiration.

Original Student Tutorial

Name Description
The Sugar Factory

Explore the process of photosynthesis and the role the Sun, air and water all play in the process with this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

Original Student Tutorial

Name Description
The Sugar Factory:

Explore the process of photosynthesis and the role the Sun, air and water all play in the process with this interactive tutorial.



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