Grade 4 Science

Full Implementation Guide

The theme for the fourth grade Science Core curriculum is Utah natural history. Students will learn about Utah environments including; weather, water cycle, rocks, fossils, soils, plants and animals. Understanding the concepts of cycles is an essential component of science literacy and is introduced at this grade level.

Water Cycle

Water Cycle

Benchmark: PDF - Matter on Earth cycles from one form to another.  The cycling of matter on Earth requires energy.  The cycling of water is an example of this process.  The sun is the source of energy for the water cycle.  Water changes state as it cycles between the atmosphere, land, and bodies of water on Earth

Science Language: Glossary - Vocabulary (English - Spanish)

Student Checklist: PDF

Weather

Weather

Benchmark: PDF - Weather describes conditions in the atmosphere at a certain place and time. Water, energy from the sun, and wind create a cycle of changing weather. The sun's energy warms the oceans and lands at Earth's surface, creating changes in the atmosphere that cause the weather. The temperature and movement of air can be observed and measured to determine the effect on cloud formation and precipitation. Recording weather observations provides data that can be used to predict future weather conditions and establish patterns over time. Weather affects many aspects of people's lives.

Science Language: Glossary - Vocabulary (English - Spanish)

Student Checklist: PDF

Rocks and Soils

Rocks

Benchmark: PDF - Earth materials include rocks, soils, water, and gases. Rock is composed of minerals. Earth materials change over time from one form to another. These changes require energy. Erosion is the movement of materials and weathering is the breakage of bedrock and larger rocks into smaller rocks and soil materials. Soil is continually being formed from weathered rock and plant remains. Soil contains many living organisms. Plants generally get water and minerals from soil.

Science Language: Glossary - Vocabulary (English - Spanish)

Student Checklist: PDF

Fossils

Fossils

Benchmark: PDF - Fossils are evidence of living organisms from the past and are usually preserved in sedimentary rocks. A fossil may be an impression left in sediments, the preserved remains of an organism, or a trace mark showing that an organism once existed. Fossils are usually made from the hard parts of an organism because soft parts decay quickly. Fossils provide clues to Earth's history. They provide evidence that can be used to make inferences about past environments. Fossils can be compared to one another, to living organisms, and to organisms that lived long ago.

Science Language: Glossary - Vocabulary (English - Spanish)

Student Checklist: PDF

Utah Ecosystems

Utah Ecosystems

Benchmark: PDF - Utah has diverse plant and animal life that is adapted to and interacts in areas that can be described as wetlands, forests, and deserts. The characteristics of
the wetlands, forests, and deserts influence which plants and animals survive best there. Living and nonliving things in these areas are classified based on physical features.

Science Language: Glossary, Vocabulary (English - Spanish), Common Plants (English - Spanish), Common Animals (English -Spanish)

Student Checklist: PDF

 

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