4th Grade Science

Course Description

Semester A

Science 4 includes the three main domains of science which are physical, life, and earth and space science. Learners will use various kinds of experimenting, including field studies, systematic observations, models, and controlled experiences. The course begins with the explanation of the scientific method, which the students continue to use and build upon throughout the course.  The big picture of the earth is examined as students review the life on planet earth, salt and fresh water, and fast and slow changes that occur on the planet. Students go beyond planet earth, though, as they study galaxies, the solar system, and other planets. Students examine the ways that forces and motion can be measured and the concept that a single kind of matter can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas. Science 4 uses many modes of instruction including video presentations, enrichment activities, and hands-on experimentation.

Semester B

Semester B of Science 4 focuses on the relationship between heat, light, sound, and electrical energy and the way they can be transferred between each other. Learners distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans as they examine technology and the role it plays in science. Students also look at life cycles of animals, plants, and humans and how they interact with each other. The course ends by looking at the ways that humans interact with the environment. Students will use research skills, watch videos, and get their hands dirty as they complete projects that require them to dig through dirt and trash in order to learn broader lessons that have to do with helping the environment.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

4th Grade

Materials

Course Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.

Duration

2 Semesters

Prerequisites

none

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Email Communication (with assistance of parent or teacher)

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Planet Earth
  • The Atmosphere and Air
  • The Weather
  • Galaxies and Stars
  • The Solar System and Planets
  • Measurements and Instruments
  • Matter
  • Forces of Motion

Semester B

Major Concepts:

  • Sound and Light
  • Heat and Temperature
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Science and Technology
  • Characteristics of Life
  • Animals and Plants
  • The Human Body
  • Biodiversity and Extinction
  • Humans Interaction with the Environment