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


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


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:


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


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


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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