By the time, it becomes difficult for the teachers and as well as the parents to handle him or her. A 3rd grader is on average 8 years old. So it is the age of exploring the world around and learning new things. It is a very critical age because at this age you have to make children learn new things in a fun way by keeping in mind their level of interest and attention span. At this stage, children should be taught such basic level that will help to prepare the students for higher grades where they have to deal with more complex scientific phenomena.
Science is majorly divided into 3 types namely, life science, earth science and physical science. By considering these types, we can derive a number of ideas. Third grade is the level where most of the schools allow their students to take part in the science fair and display their projects. This activity encourages to search, plan and implement easy and fun experiments. Parents could play a major role to help their child find a project of his/her interest. Such displays of science instill on a child a sense of confidence, and ownership.
Projects must have a fun element in them and they should be kept fairly short. In the branch of life, like learning about insects, studying different body parts of human body and plant grafting is included. Earth science contains projects such as making a diorama of an earthquake or volcano. For a physical science branch you can consider a project involving energy and matter as a focus of study. The most interested part is the availability of the equipments that is you can easily find the materials used in these projects inside your kitchen or home.
Learning through hand-on-projects is highly effective for the children of third grade. The choice should be made on the practical and illustrative value of the desired project. The major are studying the effect of distance on the strength of a magnet, the effect of sunlight on plants, identification of various kinds of minerals and rocks, Greenhouse effect, friction experiments, bubble shapes, names of planets and exploring solar system, galaxies, stars, moons and meteors, comparing animal skeleton to human skeleton, growing salt crystals, identification of the age of tree, how an egg floats on the surface of water, mushroom print, growing a mold, water cycle and cloud formation.
It is very important to make projects simple and understandable for the child. In order to ensure this, one has to proceed step by step and give instructions to the students, one by one, by the increasing order of difficulty. Children usually have short attention span and they can easily lose interest. Colors, scrapbooks and charts should be used as an aiding material to make them more attractive and enjoyable for the child. By making them easy, attractive and interesting, you can make sure that children will never forget the learned scientific concepts.