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Fourth Grade Science Lesson Plans
Total Activities: 167

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Chapter 1: "Scientific Investigation"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Questioning Strategies: Demonstrate scientific inquiry and problem solving by using questioning and reasoning strategies. What Is Science? nonscored 140
The Scientific Method nonscored 519
The Scientific Method nonscored 142
Lesson Quiz: Questioning Strategies
Simple Experiments: Design and conduct simple experiments by asking a scientific question, stating a hypothesis, listing the procedure, recording the results, and communicating the conclusion. Setting Up an Experiment nonscored 143
Lesson Quiz: Simple Experiments quiz
Displaying Data: Communicate results of scientific investigations by using accurate data displayed on graphs, tables, drawings, and other media. Get Organized! nonscored 565
Lesson Quiz: Displaying Data quiz
Long-Term Investigations: Conduct a long-term investigation. Keep records of investigation and observations, and communicate a conclusion based on these records. Virtual Scientist nonscored 550
Mold Mania nonscored 521
Lesson Quiz: Long-Term Investigations quiz
: Chapter Test: Scientific Investigation


quiz Test
Chapter 2: "Changes in Matter & Energy"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Measuring Matter: Measure the dimensions, weight, and volume of objects, and conclude that objects can be classified according to these common properties. What's the Matter? nonscored 340
The Fact of the Matter nonscored 716
Lesson Quiz: Measuring Matter quiz
Measuring Heat: Measure the temperature, conductivity, and solubility of objects, and conclude that objects can be classified according to these common properties. The Effects of Heat nonscored 721
Meet Heat nonscored 344
Lesson Quiz: Measuring Heat quiz
Physical Changes in Matter: Illustrate physical changes in matter. Physical Changes nonscored 350
Physical Change in Matter nonscored 723
Lesson Quiz: Physical Changes in Matter quiz
Chemical Changes in Matter: Illustrate chemical changes in matter. Chemical Changes in Matter nonscored 736
Chemical Changes nonscored 352
Lesson Quiz: Chemical Changes in Matter quiz
Distinguish Types of Change: Distinguish between physical and chemical changes in matter. Two Types of Change nonscored 359
Physical and Chemical Changes nonscored 744
Lesson Quiz: Distinguish Types of Change quiz
Heat as Energy: Recognize and describe heat as a form of energy. Many Kinds of Energy nonscored 365
Lesson Quiz: Heat as Energy quiz
Flow of Energy: Explain and trace the flow of energy in a system. The Flow of Energy nonscored 751
- 751 The Flow of Energy Lesson Quiz: Flow of Energy quiz
Sources of Energy for Life: Identify sources of energy that organisms need to stay alive and grow. Energy for Life nonscored 746
Energy for People nonscored 372
Lesson Quiz: Sources of Energy for Life quiz
Machines Effect on Force: Use simple machines to experiment with the effects of force and motion. Simple Machines nonscored 381
Making Work Easier nonscored 747
Lesson Quiz: Machines Effect on Force quiz
Force to an Object: Apply force to an object, and observe that when a force is applied, the object either speeds up, slows down, or changes direction. The Marvels of Motion nonscored 769 alertanswerkey
Motion nonscored 771
Lesson Quiz: Force to an Object quiz
: Chapter Test: Changes in Matter & Energy


quiz Test
Chapter 3: "Sound"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Basic Principles of Sound: Identify the basic physical phenomena of sound. Sound nonscored 719 alertanswerkey
Sound All Around nonscored 332 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Basic Principles of Sound quiz
Sounds of Music: Identify by sight and sound instruments from the brass, woodwind, string, and percussion families. Musical Instruments nonscored 40857
Instrument Families nonscored 40892
: Chapter Test: Sound


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Chapter 4: "Solar System & the Universe"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Formation of Rocks: Identify the physical characteristics and discuss the formation of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. All about Rocks and Soil nonscored 399
The Rock Cycle nonscored 447
Lesson Quiz: Formation of Rocks quiz
Composition of Rocks: Understand that rocks are composed of different combinations of minerals. Sticks and Stones nonscored 446
Lesson Quiz: Composition of Rocks quiz
Composition of Soil: Describe the composition and properties of soil. Saving Soil nonscored 448
Lesson Quiz: Composition of Soil quiz
Earth's Natural Resources: Recognize Earth's natural resources, and explain how they interact with each other. The Earth's Natural Resources nonscored 467
Natural Resources nonscored 752
Lesson Quiz: Earth's Natural Resources quiz
People/Earth's Interaction: Recognize ways in which people interact with the Earth's natural resources. Finding Forests nonscored 232
Lesson Quiz: People/Earth's Interaction quiz
Systems of the Universe: Identify different systems that are found in our universe. Where in the Universe Are You? nonscored 180
Understanding the Universe nonscored 725
Universe and Galaxies nonscored 40802
Lesson Quiz: Systems of the Universe quiz
Arrangement of Planets: Understand the arrangement of planets in our solar system. The Nine Planets nonscored 185
The Solar System nonscored 183
Hoopin' Up the Solar System nonscored 40799
Lesson Quiz: Arrangement of Planets quiz
Mercury: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Mercury. Mission to Mercury nonscored 40804
The First Planet from the Sun nonscored 724
Mercury nonscored 188
Lesson Quiz: Mercury quiz
Venus: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Venus. Voyage to Venus nonscored 40810
The "Evening Star" nonscored 728
Venus nonscored 189
Lesson Quiz: Venus quiz
Earth: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Earth. Earth nonscored 201
The Third Rock nonscored 729
Lesson Quiz: Earth quiz
Mars: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Mars. Mapping Mars nonscored 40803
The Red Planet? — Mars nonscored 733
Mars nonscored 202
Lesson Quiz: Mars quiz
Jupiter: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Jupiter. Journey to Jupiter scored 40807
The Fifth Planet--Jupiter nonscored 735
Jupiter nonscored 203
Lesson Quiz: Jupiter quiz
Saturn: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Saturn. Saturn: The Ringed Planet scored 40805
The Ringed Planet nonscored 731
Saturn nonscored 204
Lesson Quiz: Saturn quiz
Uranus: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Uranus. Uranus: The Odd Planet nonscored 40806
The Blue-Green Planet nonscored 730
Uranus nonscored 205
Lesson Quiz: Uranus quiz
Neptune: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Neptune. Neptune nonscored 40808
Far, Far Away Neptune nonscored 742
About Neptune nonscored 206
Lesson Quiz: Neptune quiz
Pluto: Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Pluto. Pluto nonscored 207
Planet Pluto nonscored 776
Pluto: The Double Planet nonscored 40809
Lesson Quiz: Pluto quiz
Naming of Planets: Investigate the process of how planets are named in our solar system. Name Trek nonscored 40797
Name That Planet nonscored 208
Lesson Quiz: Naming of Planets quiz
Asteroids: Identify other bodies in space. Learn about asteroids. Asteroids nonscored 210
The Asteroid Belt nonscored 739 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Asteroids quiz
Comets: Identify other bodies in space. Learn about comets. Halley's Comet nonscored 758
Comets nonscored 211
Lesson Quiz: Comets quiz
Meteoroids: Identify other bodies in space. Learn about meteoroids. Meteoroids, Meteors, and Meteorites nonscored 212
The Mighty Meteor nonscored 775
Lesson Quiz: Meteoroids quiz
Satellites: Investigate how satellites are used to gather information about the Earth. Remote Sensing and Satellites nonscored 778
Earth Watch nonscored 190
Lesson Quiz: Satellites quiz
Sun as a Star: Recognize that the Sun is a star and that energy from the Sun can be captured and used for work on Earth. Earth's Star nonscored 184
Star Light, Star Bright nonscored 740
Lesson Quiz: Sun as a Star quiz
Earth/Sun/Moon Movement: Demonstrate that the Earth's movement around the Sun and the Moon's movement around the Earth produce the cyclical phases of the Moon. It's Just a Phase nonscored 782
The Earth's Moon nonscored 410
Lesson Quiz: Earth/Sun/Moon Movement quiz
Effects of Earth Movements: Explain how change of seasons, length of day, and amount of available solar energy depend on the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the Earth's own rotation, and the tilt of the Earth's axis. The Earth Moves nonscored 431
The Moving Earth nonscored 783
Lesson Quiz: Effects of Earth Movements quiz
: Chapter Test: Solar System & the Universe


quiz Test
Chapter 5: "Living Things"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Life Cycle: Explain the growth and life cycle of living things. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Round and Round nonscored 686
The Monarch Butterfly nonscored 304
Lesson Quiz: Life Cycle quiz
Body Systems: Recognize that the human body contains systems with structures and functions that are highly interdependent. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Digestion: Step by Step nonscored 40801
The Human Body nonscored 780 alertanswerkey
The Amazing Human Body nonscored 166 alertanswerkey
What Should I Eat? scored 40811
Mission Control--The Nervous System nonscored 40813
Work Those Muscles nonscored 40814
No Bones About It nonscored 40815
Lesson Quiz: Body Systems quiz
Vertebrates & Invertebrates: Classify vertebrates and invertebrates according to their characteristics. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Show Some Backbone nonscored 40798
Backbone Zone nonscored 539
What's My Species? nonscored 231
Lesson Quiz: Vertebrates & Invertebrates quiz
Ecosystems: Illustrate an ecosystem, and discuss interactions of all things within that ecosystem. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Tropical Rain Forest nonscored 228
Rain-Forest Ecosystems nonscored 236
The Greenhouse Effect nonscored 240
An Aquarium Ecosystem nonscored 162
Ecosystems nonscored 734
Lesson Quiz: Ecosystems quiz
Life & Environment Interact: Discuss basic requirements for plant and animal survival in different environments, and demonstrate understanding that the size of a population depends on the environmental resources available. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Populations nonscored 263
Life Lines nonscored 643
Lesson Quiz: Life & Environment Interact quiz
Food Web: Explain relationships in a food web, and provide illustrative examples. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Food in Ecosystems nonscored 260
The Web of Life nonscored 741
Lesson Quiz: Food Web quiz
Plants in the Food Web: Illustrate the function of plants in the food web. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Food for Life nonscored 261
Energetic Plants nonscored 631
Lesson Quiz: Plants in the Food Web quiz
Consumers in a Food Web: Identify the different types of consumers in a food web. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Consumer Reports nonscored 644
Lesson Quiz: Consumers in a Food Web quiz
Man Threatens Environment: Identify some man-made threats to the environment. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Global Warming nonscored 241
Pollution Solutions nonscored 685
Lesson Quiz: Man Threatens Environment quiz
Changes in Ecosystems: Discuss how changes in an ecosystem may be harmful, beneficial, or both. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Changing Ecosystems nonscored 473
Ecosystems on the Move nonscored 474
Lesson Quiz: Changes in Ecosystems quiz
Protecting Natural Systems: Recognize that there is a need to protect the natural systems of Earth. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Rain Forests and People nonscored 262
Endangered Animals nonscored 283
Lesson Quiz: Protecting Natural Systems quiz
Recycling: Explain how recycling used materials and reducing the use of natural resources can improve and protect the quality of life on Earth. (The learner will demonstrate understanding of the characteristics, structures, and functions of living things and of how living things interact with one another and their environment). Protecting Earth nonscored 497
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle nonscored 498
Lesson Quiz: Recycling quiz
: Chapter Test: Living Things

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