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Grade-4 Science Course Outline

Grade-4 Science Course Outline

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

  • Welcome
  • Assessments
  • Pretest
  • Assignment: Pretest

2- Matter

  • What is Matter?
  • States of Matter
  • Atoms
  • Assignment: Atom Model
  • Elements
  • Worksheet: Element Scavenger Hunt
  • Metals
  • Essay: Importance of Metals
  • Properties of Matter
  • Quiz: Matter

3- Changes in Matter

  • Molecules and Compounds
  • Mixtures
  • Handout: Matter Graphic Organizer
  • Assignment: Matter Graphic Organizer
  • Physical Changes
  • Chemical Changes
  • Quiz: Chemical or Physical Change?
  • Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Handout: Acids and Bases Lab
  • Assignment: Acids and Bases Lab
  • Worksheet: Changes in Matter

4- Earth and Space

  • Telescopes
  • The Solar System
  • The Earth
  • The Earth Moves
  • The Moon
  • Assignment: Phases of the Moon
  • The Sun
  • The Stars
  • Constellations
  • Worksheet: Earth and Space
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Assignment: Scientist Research

5- Rocks and Resources

  • Minerals
  • Erosion and Weathering
  • Types of Rocks
  • Quiz: Types of Rocks
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Assignment: Rock Cycle Project
  • Nonrenewable Resources
  • Renewable Resources
  • Locations of Resouces
  • Essay: Renewable and Nonrenewable

6- Plants and Animals

  • Parts of a Plant
  • Assignment: Parts of a Plant
  • Pollination and Fertilization
  • Seed Dispersal and Germination
  • Worksheet: Plant Reproduction
  • Photosynthesis
  • Plant Life Cycle
  • Assignment: Plant Life Cycle
  • Plants Grow and Change
  • Oxygen, Food and Water
  • Animal Life Cycle
  • Assignment: Animal Life Cycle
  • Food Chain
  • Essay: Food Chain
  • Characteristics
  • Worksheet: Characteristics
  • Seasons

7- Nature’s Energies

  • What is Energy?
  • Energy from the Sun
  • Essay: Solar Energy
  • Heat Energy
  • Assignment: Heat Energy
  • Energy from the Wind
  • Energy from Water
  • Energy from Steam
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Essay: Nature’s Energies
  • Quiz: Energy
  • Midtest
  • Assignment: Midtest

8- Sound and Light

  • How Sound Travels
  • Pitch and Loudness
  • How you Hear
  • How you Talk
  • How Light Travels
  • Sources of Light
  • Essay: Light and Shadows
  • Color
  • How you See
  • Quiz: Sound and Light: Quiz

9- Magnetism and Electricity

  • What is Electricity?
  • Electric Currents
  • Electric Circuits and Volts
  • Assignment: Circuits
  • Fuses and Circuit Breakers
  • What is Magnetism?
  • Essay: Magnets
  • Electromagnets
  • Electronics
  • Worksheet: Magnetism and Electricity

10- Motion and Forces

  • Speed, Velocity and Acceleration
  • Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
  • Gravity
  • Laws of Motion
  • Assignment: Isaac Newton
  • Space Travel
  • Worksheet: Motion and Forces

11- Machines

  • What is Work?
  • Friction
  • Essay: A Frictionless World
  • What are Machines?
  • Simple Machines
  • Worksheet: Simple Machines
  • Compound Machines
  • Gasoline Engines
  • Quiz: Machines: Quiz

12- Technology

  • Lasers
  • Robots
  • Essay: Technology: Essay
  • Communications
  • Quiz: Technology

13- Scientific Method

  • Introduction
  • Make Observations and Ask Questions
  • Assignment: Make Observations and Ask Questions
  • Create a Hypothesis
  • Assignment: Hypothesis
  • Design an Experiment
  • Assignment: Design an Experiment
  • Record Data
  • Assignment: Data
  • Draw Conclusions
  • Research
  • Assignment: Research
  • Share what you learned!
  • Assignment: Final Science Project
  • Post-test
  • Assignment: Post-test

14- Course Evaluation

  • Handout: Course Evalulation
  • Assignment: Course Evaluation
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