SC.3.N.3.3

Recognize that all models are approximations of natural phenomena; as such, they do not perfectly account for all observations.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 3
Body of Knowledge: Nature of Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Big Idea: The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models - The terms that describe examples of scientific knowledge, for example; "theory," "law," "hypothesis," and "model" have very specific meanings and functions within science.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020040: Science - Grade Three (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
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 (current), 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.3.N.3.Su.2: Recognize that models represent real things.
SC.3.N.3.Pa.2: Recognize a model of a real object.
SC.3.N.3.In.3: Identify that models are representations of things found in the real world.

Related Resources

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Lesson Plans

Physical Science Unit: Water Beach Vacation Lesson 8 Coding a Simulation: Changes to Water:

Students will use logical thinking, decision making and flowcharts to code a simulation about the state of matter the water will be in, dependent upon water temperature. Students will use a free online block-coding platform called Scratch.

This is a lesson in the Grade 3 Physical Science Unit on Water. This is a themed unit of SaM-1's adventures while on a Beach Vacation.  To see all the lessons in the unit please visit https://www.cpalms.org/page818.aspx.

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Physical Science Unit: Water Beach Vacation Lesson 7 Planning a Simulation: Changes to Water:

Students will use logical thinking, decision making and flowcharts to plan a coded simulation about the state of water, dependent upon water temperature. Students will then be able to use that flowchart and code their own simulation using a free online block-coding platform called Scratch.

This is a lesson in the Grade 3 Physical Science Unit on Water. This is a themed unit ofSaM-1's adventures while on a Beach Vacation.  To see all the lessons in the unit please visit https://www.cpalms.org/page818.aspx.

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Type: Lesson Plan

Modeling Patterns and Cycles in our Lives:

Elementary students use everyday patterns and cycles to learn the cyclical nature of science concepts. This lesson can be used as an Engage activity to spark interest in the seasons or Moon phases.

Type: Lesson Plan

A View of Home from the Front Door and from Space:

The world is full of objects large and small, near and far. Models are built as powerful tools to help study large things such as buildings, towns, countries, and even the Earth and the Moon. With models, things beyond our physical reach can be easily explored. To begin to distinguish "home" from "home planet," students can build a model of their home and neighborhood as it appears from the front door of the house, from a tall building, from an airplane, and from outer space.

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Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) STEM Lesson

Physical Science Unit: Water Beach Vacation Lesson 9 Cool Cooler Design Model-Eliciting Activity (MEA):

In this MEA, students will have the opportunity to apply what they learned about describing
the changes water undergoes when it changes state through heating and cooling. Students
will be asked to rank coolers based on data to solve an open-ended, realistic problem, while
considering constraints and tradeoffs. In the optional twist, students will need to take the
mass of the cooler into account.

This is a lesson in the Grade 3 Physical Science Unit on Water. This is a themed unit ofSaM-1's adventures while on a Beach Vacation.  To see all the lessons in the unit please visit https://www.cpalms.org/page818.aspx.

 

Type: Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) STEM Lesson

Original Student Tutorial

The Limits of Models in Science:

Learn how scientific models are similar to the natural world but can never depict it perfectly with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Original Student Tutorials Science - Grades K-8

The Limits of Models in Science:

Learn how scientific models are similar to the natural world but can never depict it perfectly with this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

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Original Student Tutorial

The Limits of Models in Science:

Learn how scientific models are similar to the natural world but can never depict it perfectly with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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