4th Grade Earth Science NGSS Aligned Units

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  • This fourth-grade earth science unit fits the bill! We have researched each standard, so nothing goes untaught.
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- 12 detailed lessons, so you can reclaim your nights and weekends.

Unit 1 Earth's Systems

Lesson 1 - Introduction to Earth Changes

Lesson 2 - Weathering

Lesson 3 - Erosion

Lesson 4 - Review of Weathering and Erosion

Lesson 5 - Exploring Topographical Maps

Unit 2 Earth's Place in the Universe

Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Rock Cycle

Lesson 2 - Rock Formations

Lesson 3 - fossils

Unit 3 Earth and Human Activity

Lesson 1 - Introduction to Energy from Natural Sources

Lesson 2 - Learning More About Energy from Natural Sources

Lesson 3 - Impact of Natural Disasters on Homes

Lesson 4 - STEM Challenge: Creating a Structure That Will Best Survive an Earthquake

Included within this resource are:

- the standards

- suggested YouTube Videos and Books

- Eath Science Folder Cover

- Geologists Poster

* KLEWS Chart (KWL for Science)

* Weathering and Erosion Reading Passages

- Weathering Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet

- Candy Erosion and Soil Erosion Activities

- Topographical Map Posters

- Three Types of Rocks Flip Book

- Rock Cycle Process Poster and Worksheet

* Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, and Floods Reading Passages and Graphic Organizer

- 8 Posters with Photographs of Land Formations and Informational Cards about these Formations

* Fossils Reading and Recording Sheet

* Fossils Posters

- Show What You Know Assessment

* Engineering and Design Process Posters

* Engineering and Design Rubric

* Reading Passages and Graphic Organizer for the Following Types of Energy: Solar, Wind, Biofuels, Geothermal, Hydroelectricity, Oil, Coal, Natural Gas, and Nuclear

- Types of Energy Flip Books

- Earthquake Informational Posters

- STEM Challenge Directions

- Light Station Cards

- 24 colorful essential vocabulary cards with graphics and definitions

* Indicates other STEM to STEAM TRIO resources that have been included in this unit.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock. Assessment does not include specific knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation or memorization of specific rock formations and layers. Assessment is limited to relative time.


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