The student is expected to connect grade-level appropriate science concepts with the history of science, science careers, and contributions of scientists.
The student knows that information, critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the contributions of scientists are used in making decisions.
What Do Scientists Do? Try Science (website) – Science plays a crucial role in numerous jobs and influences society greatly. Read about the importance of science careers and how students can be engaged to think about them.
Images of Science: Science NetLinks (website) – What a scientist does for a living can be a mystery for many adults and children. This lesson demonstrates to students the diversity of people who are scientists.
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What Do Scientist Do? Science NetLinks (website) – This writing activity challenges a class to create a book on science careers with each student contributing a chapter on a particular career. This lesson is intended for a higher grade level but can be adapted to 3rd grade.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Biography Project: Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (website) – Student can choose one of the many scientists from this website to complete a highlight as a biography project.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, bio.sacnas.org
Careers in Science: Science Buddies (website) – Challenge students to chose two different types of careers found on this website and compare and contrast them.
Careers in Science
Science Buddies, www.sciencebuddies.org
Help Wanted: PBS Kids (website) –Students utilize their knowledge of science careers and science equipment as they play this board game.
Career Ideas For Kids Who Like Science. Reeves, D. (ISBN-13: 978-0816065509)
What is a Scientist? Lehn, B. (ISBN-13: 978-0761312987)
Scientist Ask Questions. Garrett, G. (ISBN- 978-0516246628)
Cool Careers in Science: PBS (website) – Compilation of scientists that work in an unusual scientific field. This is an interactive site with cool cyber field trips to exotic places such as the Galapagos Islands.
Cool Careers in Science
Science Careers: Kids.gov (website) – Find websites that highlight dozens of science careers including farmers and oceanographers.
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