• Science

    Units of Study

    Major concepts:

    Exploring Earth's Materials
    • Use methods scientists employ to gather data
    • Use evidence from a given landscape that includes simple landforms and rock layers to support a claim about the role of erosion or deposition in the formation of the landscape over long periods of time
    • Make observations and collect data to provide evidence that rocks, soils, and sediments are broken into smaller pieces through mechanical weathering and moved around through erosion by water, ice, wind, and vegetation
    • Analyze and interpret maps of Earth’s mountain ranges, deep ocean trenches, volcanoes, and earthquake epicenters to describe patterns of these features and their locations relative to boundaries between continents and oceans
    • Obtain information to describe that energy and fuels humans use are derived from natural resources and that some energy and fuel sources are renewable and some are not
    • Evaluate different solutions to reduce the impacts of a natural event such as an earthquake, blizzard, or flood on humans
    • Construct an argument that animals and plants have internal and external structures that support their survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction


    TERC’s Focus on Energy Unit New to Grade 4

    Students learn to describe energy through easily observable phenomena such as ball collisions.

    Students create and use representations and discuss their questions and findings.  They develop the practice of asking, "Where does energy come from?" and "Where does the energy go?" and learn to track the flow of energy in increasingly complex scenarios.


    Robotics: EV3 Lego Mindstorm

    Big Idea:

    Real world innovation starts with a problem and innovators work to solve a problem by planning, creating, testing and redesigning (Engineering Design Process)

    Essential Questions:

    How can the engineering design process be used to solve a problem?

    How can we use what we know about hardware and software to design a robot to accomplish a task?





    Interactive Notebooks


    • Enables students to become creative, independent thinkers and writers
    • Provides record of student learning
    • Allows students to express their ideas and process learning
    • Provides structure and routine