Elementary Social Studies Grade 4
The Elementary Science K–5 courses will spark curiosity in students and build a solid foundation in concepts across many types of sciences including Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Students will engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, defining problems, developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and informational technology, constructing explanations, designing solutions, engaging in scientific arguments using evidence, and communicating results. A framework of active student learning supports and allows students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate throughout all courses. This dynamic format will help students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas in order to facilitate a better understanding of the world around them.
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I can describe the five basic forms of energy. I can compare insulators and conductors. I can explain the process of producing sound. I can describe the change that can be created by energy. I can describe the process of transforming energy. I can explain the factors that determine air and water as energy sources.
I can identify magnetic materials. I can describe the properties of magnets. I can explain the process of a scientific investigation.
I can identify the physical characteristics of objects. I can explain the law of Conservation of Mass. I can identify the three physical states of water. I can explain a physical change to an object. I can explain a chemical change to an object.
I can explain the motion of objects. I can explain the factors that may cause an object in motion to change direction. I can describe the process to determine the speed of an object.
I can identify the five properties of minerals. I can Identify the types of tools used to identify mineral properties. I can explain the formation of the three categories of rocks.
I can explain the process of physical weathering. I can explain the process of erosion. I can compare physical weathering and erosion.
I can describe the major stages in the life cycles of animals. I can compare the life cycles of insects and other animals. I can compare complete and incomplete metamorphosis.
I can describe the effects of the rotation of the earth. I can describe the effects of the orbit of the Earth around the sun. I can explain why star patterns appear to move. I can explain the changes of the night sky each season. I can describe the phases of the moon.
I can explain inherited plant and animal characteristics. I can explain the effects of the environment on plant and animal characteristics. I can categorize animal behaviors as inherited or learned. I can explain the interdependence of internal and external structures of animals. I can explain the interdependence of internal and external structures of humans.
I can compare producers and consumers. I can categorize resources as renewable or non-renewable. I can analyze the impact that plants, animals, and humans have on the environment.
I can compare the life cycles of flowering and non-flowering plants. I can identify the reproductive structures of a flower. I can explain the reproductive process in flowering plants. I can explain the interdependence of internal and external structures of plants.
I can compare the seasonal changes in plants in varying regions. I can compare the seasonal changes in animals in varying regions.
Module 01: Magnets
Module 02: Motion of Objects
Module 03: Energy
Module 04: Properties of Matter
Module 05: Physical Weathering and Erosion
Module 06: Rocks and Minerals
Module 07: Plant Life
Module 08: Animal Life
Module 09: Heredity
Module 10: Resources and Environment
Module 11: Seasonal Changes
Module 12: Earth’s Movement
To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.
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