NGSS Grade 4: Earth and Human Activity
4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
The assessment begins with a whole class activity to activate prior knowledge. Students match information about energy sources, then classify those resources by attributes. Next students make a solar oven from a pizza box, cook food, analyze the function of each part, and design a new and improved solar oven. As their final assessment, students conduct research to prove they can obtain and combine information that energy and fuels come from natural resources and that their uses affect both themselves and the environment.
The three dimensions addressed are (1) the scientific practices of Obtaining, evaluating, and Communicating Information, (2) the disciplinary core ideas of Natural Resources, (3) the crosscutting concepts of Cause and Effect and Influence of Science, Engineering and Technology on Society and the Natural World.
Common Core Sate Standards in Writing are naturally used within these lessons. W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources: take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources. W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Included in this packet:
Student recording pages, teacher background, rubrics for scoring activities, Science Notes for Energy and Fuels reading pages, teaching tips , and a Note- taking journal for Energy Resources Research, with suggestions for presentations of their findings at an Energy Fair.
This assessment is designed for use after a study unit on Energy, Fuels and Natural Resources.
The entire lesson may be viewed under the NGSS Assessments tab at the website: scienceandkidsactivities.com