This class is aligned with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for 4th grade science. It covers a variety of scientific topics, some of which have been covered in previous classes and some of which is new material. The students will review matter and its states, atoms and elements, and properties of matter. Students will learn about the special properties of metals, acids, and bases. They will also learn the differences between molecules, compounds, and mixtures. The students will review the solar system, the movement of the Earth, and the contributions of Galileo Galilei to our knowledge of astronomy. The students will learn about minerals and the different types of rocks, as well as investigate the rock cycle. They will learn the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources. The students will review the life cycles and characteristics of both plants and animals. The students will learn about energy and the energy that we can harvest from the world around us like solar, heat, wind, and water. The students will explore how you hear, talk, and see, including a study of colors and why we see them. The students will learn about electricity and magnetism, including how they are used and the relationship between the two. They will explore the differences between speed, velocity, and acceleration. They will also learn about the laws of motion and how they apply to the world around us. The purpose of, and types of, machines will be studied so that students can understand that compound machines they see in lives. The students will also explore the application of scientific knowledge, technology. Finally, the students will review the scientific method and design and conduct their own scientific investigation.

1- Course Introduction
1- Welcome
2- Assessments
3- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest

2- Matter
1- What is Matter?
2- States of Matter
3- Atoms
Assignment: Atom Model
4- Elements
Worksheet: Element Scavenger Hunt
5- Metals
Essay: Importance of Metals
6- Properties of Matter
Quiz: Matter

3- Changes in Matter
1- Molecules and Compounds
2- Mixtures
Handout: Matter Graphic Organizer
Assignment: Matter Graphic Organizer
3- Physical Changes
4- Chemical Changes
Quiz: Chemical or Physical Change?
5- Acids, Bases and Salts
Handout: Acids and Bases Lab
Assignment: Acids and Bases Lab
Worksheet: Changes in Matter

4- Earth and Space
1- Telescopes
2- The Solar System
3- The Earth
4- The Earth Moves
5- The Moon
Assignment: Phases of the Moon
6- The Sun
7- The Stars
8- Constellations
Worksheet: Earth and Space
9- Galileo Galilei
Assignment: Scientist Research

5- Rocks and Resources
1- Minerals
2- Erosion and Weathering
3- Types of Rocks
Quiz: Types of Rocks
4- The Rock Cycle
Assignment: Rock Cycle Project
5- Nonrenewable Resources
6- Renewable Resources
7- Locations of Resouces
Essay: Renewable and Nonrenewable

6- Plants and Animals
1- Parts of a Plant
Assignment: Parts of a Plant
2- Pollination and Fertilization
3- Seed Dispersal and Germination
Worksheet: Plant Reproduction
4- Photosynthesis
5- Plant Life Cycle
Assignment: Plant Life Cycle
6- Plants Grow and Change
7- Oxygen, Food and Water
8- Animal Life Cycle
Assignment: Animal Life Cycle
9- Food Chain
Essay: Food Chain
10- Characteristics
Worksheet: Characteristics
11- Seasons

7- Nature’s Energies
1- What is Energy?
2- Energy from the Sun
Essay: Solar Energy
3- Heat Energy
Assignment: Heat Energy
4- Energy from the Wind
5- Energy from Water
6- Energy from Steam
7- Nuclear Energy
Essay: Nature’s Energies
Quiz: Energy
8- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest

8- Sound and Light
1- How Sound Travels
2- Pitch and Loudness
3- How you Hear
4- How you Talk
5- How Light Travels
6- Sources of Light
Essay: Light and Shadows
7- Color
8- How you See
Quiz: Sound and Light: Quiz

9- Magnetism and Electricity
1- What is Electricity?
2- Electric Currents
3- Electric Circuits and Volts
Assignment: Circuits
4- Fuses and Circuit Breakers
5- What is Magnetism?
Essay: Magnets
6- Electromagnets
7- Electronics
Worksheet: Magnetism and Electricity

10- Motion and Forces
1- Speed, Velocity and Acceleration
2- Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
3- Gravity
4- Laws of Motion
Assignment: Isaac Newton
5- Space Travel
Worksheet: Motion and Forces

11- Machines
1- What is Work?
2- Friction
Essay: A Frictionless World
3- What are Machines?
4- Simple Machines
Worksheet: Simple Machines
5- Compound Machines
6- Gasoline Engines
Quiz: Machines: Quiz

12- Technology
1- Lasers
2- Robots
Essay: Technology: Essay
3- Communications
Quiz: Technology

13- Scientific Method
1- Introduction
2- Make Observations and Ask Questions
Assignment: Make Observations and Ask Questions
3- Create a Hypothesis
Assignment: Hypothesis
4- Design an Experiment
Assignment: Design an Experiment
5- Record Data
Assignment: Data
6- Draw Conclusions
7- Research
Assignment: Research
8- Share what you learned!
Assignment: Final Science Project
9- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test

14- Course Evaluation
Handout: Course Evalulation
Assignment: Course Evaluation