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Oster-Oakview
Intermediate School
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Mrs. Anderson
4th Grade - Oster-Oakview
kanderson@nlsd122.org

 

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4th grade will follow the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


 
Trimester 1

Chapter 1: Classifying Plants and Animals

Essential Question: What are some ways to classify living things?
Vocabulary: cell, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplast, genus, species,   
vertebrates
Building Pangaea
Building Topographic Maps 
Reading Topographic Maps

Virtual Microscope- Cells Alive
Virtual Microscope 2 
Discovery Education Microscope
Microscope Tutorial at BrainPop 

Kingdoms of Life video
Vertebrates Slide Show
Invertebrates Slide Show
Animal Adaptation Slide Show 

Classify Kingdoms Activity 1
Classify Kingdoms Activity 2
Classify Kingdom Activity 3
Classify Kingdom Activity 4
Plant Cell Tutorial
Kingdoms Tutorial

Chapter 2: Energy From Plants|
Essential Question:  What features help plants make their own food and reproduce?
Vocabulary: photosynthesis, chlorophyll, sepal, pistil, stamen, dormant
Flower Pollination 
Pollination- Flower to Fruit

Chapter 5: Body Systems
Essential Question: 

4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction
4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. 
4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. 
4.ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fossil fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.   


 
Trimester 2

Chapter 8:  Rocks and Minerals
Essential Question: How can rocks tell us about Earth's past, present, and future?
Vocabulary: mineral, luster, sediment, sedimentary rock, igneous rock, metamorphic rock

Rock Cycle 1
Rock Cycle 2
Rock Tester
Rock Lesson Tutorial

Chapter 9:  Changes to Earth's Surface?
Essential Question:  How is Earth's surface shaped and reshaped? 

Vocabulary: landform, weathering, erosion, deposition, landslide, fault,
volcano, earthquake, epicenter

Changes in Earth's Surface Tutorial
Volcano Tutorial
Natural Disaster Activity
Disaster Master Activity

Chapter 10:  Using Natural Resources
Essential Question:  How can living things always have the natural resources they need?

Vocabulary: solar energy, humus, solar cells, ore, fossil fuels, 
petroleum, conservation, recycling
Energy Conversions
Greenhouse Effect

 

4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 
4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation
4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features. 

4- PS3-1. Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. 
4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. 
4-PS3-3. Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide. 
4.PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
4-PS4-1. Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move. 
4-PS4-3. Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.

Trimester 3

Skimmer Project:

Chapter 12: Heat
Essential Question: How does heat energy move from one object to another?

Heat Absorption 
Radiation
Heat Study Jams
Heat Transfer

Chapter 14: Sound and Light
Essential Question: How do light and sound travel? 

Circuit Builder
Conduction and Convection 
Energy Conversion

Waves
Hearing: Frequency and Volume
Sound Study Jams

Light Study Jams

Chapter 15: Objects in Motion

Essential Question: What causes motion and how does it affect us? 
Sled Wars 

4- PS3-1. Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object. 
4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. 
4-PS3-3. Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide. 
4.PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
4-PS4-1. Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move. 
4-PS4-3. Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. 
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. 
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

STEM

S.T.E.M. - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Throughout the school year, your child will be participating in STEM activities.  The goal of STEM is to provide students with real-world problem solving opportunities.  STEM allows students to think outside the box with project-based learning.  Your child will be working on many exciting STEM projects this year.  Below is a list of household materials that we will be using to create our STEM projects.  If you are willing to donate any of the items below, then you can send them to the classroom with your child at anytime throughout the year.  Thank you in advance for helping our class collect these items for STEM!  

Save these items for STEM:

-cereal boxes, paper towel tubes, tissue boxes, paper grocery sacks, oatmeal boxes, colored tissue paper, shoe boxes with or without lids, scrap pieces of cloth

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