4th Grade Science Entire Year: Next Generation Science Standards

4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
4th Grade Science Entire Year:  Next Generation Science Standards
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This is it!!! Your entire 4th grade year of science. By teaching these 5 units and 3 science reading activities, you will be covering all of the 4th grade content standards of the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as the engineering standards for grades 3-5. Each unit is packed full of inquiry based activities, integrated language arts, word wall cards, games, task cards, projects, and assessments. Here's a brief description of each unit. If the preview is difficult to see, you can visit the page for each item by clicking the links since each unit is also sold separately. You will save money by purchasing all of these units.

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Unit 1: Earth Science Bundle

Earth's Crust and the Rock Cycle:

Activity 1: Classifying Rocks Students classify rocks into 3 groups using observations.
Activity 2: Rock On!: Students simulate the rock cycle using gum and pop rocks.
Activity 3: Pangaea Activity: Students create a puzzle using the continents to demonstrate Pangea.
Activity 4: Shake it Up: Students create structures out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows and then test their strength in an earthquake simulation.
Activity 5: Stress Me Out!: Students use a miniature candy bar to simulate the 3 different types of stresses on the Earth’s crust.
Activity 6: Word Wall cards and Activity Ideas
An optional post test and grading rubric are also included.

Weathering and Erosion:

Activity 1: There She Blows: Students investigate wind erosion using a straw and sand.
Activity 2: Sticks and Stones: Students investigate water erosion with a mudslide simulation.
Activity 3: Sugar Cube Shake: Students investigate mechanical weathering with a sugar cube experiment.
Activity 4: Chemical Weathering: Students investigate the impact of chemical weathering using temperature as a variable.
Activity 5: Weathering and Erosion Bingo: Students wrap up the unit by playing Weathering and Erosion Bingo. This serves as a great review of vocabulary. A supplemental thermometer reading practice is also included.
An optional post test and grading rubric are also included.

Unit 2: Electricity and Circuits


Activity 1: Light it Up!: Students investigate different ways to light a light bulb using a wire, a bulb, and a battery.
Activity 2: Insulators and Conductors: Students investigate a variety of materials to see which ones conduct electricity and which do not.
Activity 3: : Switch it On, Switch it Off: Students use materials to make a switch for a simple circuit.
Activity 4: All In A Row: Students build and investigate a series circuit.
Activity 5: Side By Side: Students build and investigate a parallel circuit.
Activity 6: Unit Review
A Post Test and Grading Rubric are also included.
3 Mini Posters of a bulb, series, and parallel circuits included.

Unit 3: Plant and Animal Structures Bundle

Plant Structures:

Activity 1: Sprouting Seeds Students will sprout a seed in a Ziploc bag with cotton balls. They will observe and record the growth.
Activity 2: It All Starts With A Seed Students will examine different seeds and compare information from seed packets.
Activity 3: Plant Life Cycle Students will put pictures of different stages of a plant’s life cycle in order.
Activity 4: Honey Bee Informational Reading Students will read about how honey bees pollinate flowers.
Activity 5: Inside A Flower: Students will dissect a flower and observe the reproductive parts.
Activity 6: Suck it Up!: Students will observe how stems suck water up into the leaves and flowers of plants.
Activity 7: Putting Down Roots: Students will observe different types of roots and make conclusions as to their function.
Activity 8: Leave it to the Leaves: Students will read about the process of photosynthesis and answer questions.
Post Test and Grading Rubric are also included.

Animal Structures:

Activity 1: My Beak is Better Than Yours: Students focus on the beak structure of birds and how this specific structure helps them get food.
Activity 2: Salmon Swim Home: This engaging activity gives students the opportunity to become salmon and use their sense of smell to navigate home.
Activity 3: Poster Reports: These reports focus on structures of animals and how they help with nutrition, self-defense, reproduction, and communication.
A Grading Rubric is included for the poster report.


Unit 4: Light and Sound:

Activity 1: Word Wall Cards and Activities: Word cards, definitions and suggested activities to reinforce key vocabulary from the unit.
Activity 2: Good Vibrations: Students make a simple straw oboe to investigate vibrations and sound
Activity 3: Waves: Students read about waves, study a diagram, and answer questions.
Activity 4: Making Waves: Student use a jump rope to create waves with specific amplitudes and frequencies.
Activity 5: What’s That Sound: Students make a simple kazoo and experiment with sound.
Activity 6: Pan Pipes: Students make Pan Pipes out of straws.
Activity 7: How Do Our Ears Hear? This informational reading passage, diagram, and questions is designed to explain how our ears process sound.
Activity 8: Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Students investigate reflection of light using a mirror.
Activity 9: How Does Light Travel? Students discover which materials are opaque, translucent, and transparent.
Activity 10: Light Moves: Students investigate how light appears to bend as it enters different mediums such as water.
Activity 11: Visible Spectrum: Students see “rainbows” on a CD and learn about the visible spectrum.
Activity 12: How Do Eyes See? This informational reading passage, diagram, and questions is designed to explain how our eyes process light.
Post Test and Grading Rubric are also included.

Unit 5: Introduction to Engineering

In addition to the activities, a powerpoint is also included with this unit.

Activity 1: Float Your Boat: Students go through the engineering design process to create a boat. Once the boat successfully floats, they place marbles in it to see how many it can hold.
Activity 2: Build A Bridge: Students go through the engineering design process to build a bridge. After the bridge is built, they test it to see how many pennies it can hold.
Activity 3: Keep it Cold: This engaging activity challenges students to create a container to keep an ice cube frozen for as long as possible. This could easily be turned into a classroom contest.
Activity 4: Engineering Design Process Flow Chart: Students can use this sheet to review the steps they went through in the completed engineering design assignments. This could potentially be used as an assessment.


Science Informational Readings:

Three of the NGSS 4th grade standards didn't seem to fit with any unit, so I have created some informational reading lessons to address those.
One is about Natural Resources; both renewable and non-renewable. One is about the energy transfer involved in a car crash, and the third is about speech recognition technology . Each of these readings comes with a pre-reading activity, the 2 page article, a question page that can be used as an assessment, as well as an answer key.

This bundle was created for the 4th grade NGSS standards, but all of these units are suitable for grades 3-5

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