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Oster-Oakview
Intermediate School
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Mrs. Gurnea
4th Grade - Oster-Oakview
mgurnea@nlsd122.org

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Scott Foresman Science

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

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


Chapter 3: Ecosystems 
Essential Question:  How do organisms interact with each other and with their environment?

Vocabulary: ecosystem, population, community, niche, herbivores,
carnivores, omnivores, decomposers

Ecosystem Research
Desert 1     Desert 2     Desert 3
Grasslands 1    Grasslands 2     Grasslands 3
Tundra 1    Tundra 2     Tundra 3
Tropical Rain Forest 1     Tropical Rain Forest 2     Tropical Rain Forest 3
Temperate Forest 1     Forest 2      Forest 3

Ecosystems Activity 1
Ecosystem Activity 2
Herbivore Carnivore Sort Activity 1
Herbivore Carnivore Sort Activity 2

Chapter 4:  Changes in Ecosystems
Essential Question:  How do changes in ecosystems affect our world?
Vocabulary: competition, parasite, succession, extinct, endangered,
hazardous waste

Endangered Animals Activity

Trimester 2

Chapter 5:  Systems of the Body

Essential Question:  How do the body's smallest and largest parts work together?
Vocabulary: voluntary muscles, involuntary muscles, neuron, vaccine,
pathogens, infectious diseases, immune system

Practice Test

Body Systems Tutorial
Body Systems Activity 1
Body Systems Activity 2
Body Systems Activity 3
Body Systems Activity 4
Blood Circulation Tutorial


Chapter 6:  Water Cycle and Weather
Essential Question: How does Earth's water affect weather?

Vocabulary: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, humidity, front,
meteorologists, barometer, anemometer, wind vane

Water Cycle Interactive 1
Water Cycle Interactive 2
Water Cycle Activities
Water Cycle Tutorial
Weather Forecast Game
Information on Weather Forecasting 

Chapter 7:  Hurricanes and Tornadoes
Essential Question: How do storms affect Earth's air, water, land and living things?
Vocabulary: hurricane, tropical depression, tropical storm, storm surge,
tornado, vortex

Tornadoes Information
Hurricanes Information
Clouds Game
Interactive Activities 1
Interactive Activities 2

Hurricane Research:
Your job is to research hurricanes using your science book or websites to answer the one of the following BIG questions in the 5th paragraph of an essay. You can include a picture, either drawn or image from the computer, if you finish on time.  Remember to cite the website where you took your image. 

Choose one BIG question for your paper to drive your research.

How are hurricanes helpful?
How can people stay safe in a hurricane?
How can people prepare for a hurricane?

Paragraph one: What is your paper about? What question will you be answering at the end of the paper?

Paragraph two: What causes hurricanes to form?

Paragraph three: What is a storm surge and how does it affect the coastline?

Paragraph four: How do hurricanes weaken?

Paragraph five: Answer your BIG question.

Websites for research.

Hurricane site #1 
Hurricane site #2
Hurricane site #3
Hurricane site #4

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

Trimester 3

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

Stem Activities

 

STEM Exploration

Science Challenge

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  The students explore each of these topics through problem solving and team work activities.