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3rd grade science stories

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I need 10 science stories written. Each story should be about
500-800 words, and each describe a single lesson. These are
for a third grade non-fiction reading comprehension app. So
the vocabulary and sentences should be appropriate for an eight
year old child.

The stories will appear on a website and on a tablet computer.
The students will read each story and answer several questions
to show they successfully read and understood the story.

All writing must by YOUR OWN WORK but you can use wikipedia
or other websites to get info about the topic and ideas about
how to present it. This is work-for-hire and I own the
copyright for the stories. You do not retain any rights.

The app will contain a "credits" page, and we can list your
name there if you like. The listing is your name only. No
contact info or business name.

Here are some suggested topics:

The Sun
The Water Cycle
Plants and Animals
The Life Cycle of Plants
The Life Cycle of Animals
Sources of Energy
The Food Chain
Magnets
Light and Color
Solids, Liquids and Gases

You do not need to use these exact topics, but check with me
before changing them.

Each story should have several questions that can be used to show
the reader understood the story. The questions can be multiple
choice, matching, or true/false that can be answered on a touch
screen. They can NOT be written or open ended questions that
require the student to use a keyboard. Just a touchscreen or
mouse.

Each story can feature a third grade boy named "Billy", and his
teacher "Miss Gomez". You can also introduce classmates or other
characters. Billy has a younger sister (Sally). You do not
have to use these characters in every story, but if you are
going to have characters and dialog in the stories, then you
should use these characters.

The students will complete the lessons in order, so you can
refer to earlier topics in later lessons.

I think it is best if you do ONE story, and submit it, and I
will give you feedback to make sure we are in sync. Then you
can submit each additional story as you finish them.

The stories should be happy and positive. No one should get
angry or injured. The children are always nice to each other.
The parents are happy and involved. The stories can be humourous,
but that isn't necessary.

The stories should describe normal activities. The students will
read the stories in order, so you can introduce a character in an
early story and reuse them in later stories. You can also reuse
vocabulary introduced in earlier stories.


For each story you should submit something like the following:

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The Sun

"Good morning boys and girls," said Miss Gomez. "Today
our science lesson will be about the sun," she explained.
"The sun is a yellow dwarf star. Most stars are red dwarfs.
Red dwarfs are smaller and cooler than our sun."

Miss Gomez said that the sun was at the center of our
solar system, and all the planets orbit around it.
Billy listened with the other students as Miss Gomez
explained that the Earth revolved on its axis once per
day, and orbited the sun once per year. Billy raised
his hand. "Billy, do you have a question?" asked Miss
Gomez. "Yes" said Billy, "What is the difference between
revolving and orbiting?"

"Billy, that is a good question" said Miss Gomez. She
explained that when something revolves it spins around
itself, in the same place. But to orbit means to move
around another object.

The sun is made of mostly hydrogen and helium. The sun
is very hot. The surface is hot enough to melt any metal.
The sun's energy comes from squeezing hydrogen atoms and
and turning them into helium atoms. This is called nuclear
fusion.

The sun is more than a million kilometers across. That is
more than a hundred times the width of the Earth. The sun's
volume is more than the volume of a million Earths.

The distance from the earth to the sun is so far that light
from the sun takes about eight minutes to reach the Earth.

Nearly all life on Earth gets energy from the sun. The
sunlight shines on the leaves of plants. The plants use
the energy to grow. When animals eat plants they can
use the solar energy stored in the plants. Even gasoline
that powers cars is from decayed plants that grew in
sunlight long ago.

Billy was curious, so he asked Miss Gomez, "Is there any
life that does not get energy from the sun?"

The teacher told Billy that in the deep ocean, there
are living things that get energy from chemicals
from under water volcanoes. Their energy does not
come from the sun. But that is a rare exception.

When the class ended, the children went outside for
recess. Billy looked up at the bright sun in the sky.
Billy said to his friend "That was a very interesting
class!"

What is the sun made of?
A) Fire
B) Carbon and oxygen
C) Mostly hydrogen and helium
D) Mostly water

How many times could the Earth fit inside the sun?
A) Ten times
B) One hundred times
C) About one thousand times
D) More than one million times

What powers the sun?
A) Gravity
B) Gasoline
C) Nuclear fusion
D) Fire

True/False: The sun is the center of the solar system. True
True/False: Most stars are bigger than the sun. False
True/False: The Sun and Earth are about the same size. False
True/False: All life on Earth gets energy from the sun. False

What is another good title for this story?
A) Learning about the Sun
B) Billy Goes to School
C) Life on Earth
D) Nuclear Fusion

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