# 4th Grade Science Lesson Plans

Time4Learning is an online student-paced learning system covering preschool through middle school. It is popular as a fourth grade homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment, for remediation, and for summer study.

The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the fourth grade science curriculum, with brief activity descriptions and learning activity (LA) numbers. Additional resources related to fourth grade science are also provided, below.

Students enrolled in fourth grade science will have access to both third and fifth grade science lessons as part of their membership, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.

If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos. Members often use this page as a resource for more detailed planning, to choose specific activities using the activity finder or to compare our curriculum with state standards.

### Science Lesson Plan – 4th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 167

#### Lesson 1: Questioning Strategies – 4 Activities

Demonstrate scientific inquiry and problem solving by using questioning and reasoning strategies.

#### Lesson 2: Simple Experiments – 2 Activities

Design and conduct simple experiments by asking a scientific question, stating a hypothesis, listing the procedure, recording the results, and communicating the conclusion.

#### Lesson 3: Displaying Data – 2 Activities

Communicate results of scientific investigations by using accurate data displayed on graphs, tables, drawings, and other media.

#### Lesson 4: Long-Term Investigations – 3 Activities

Conduct a long-term investigation. Keep records of investigation and observations, and communicate a conclusion based on these records.

#### Lesson 1: Measuring Matter – 3 Activities

Measure the dimensions, weight, and volume of objects, and conclude that objects can be classified according to these common properties.

#### Lesson 2: Measuring Heat – 3 Activities

Measure the temperature, conductivity, and solubility of objects, and conclude that objects can be classified according to these common properties.

#### Lesson 3: Physical Changes in Matter – 3 Activities

Illustrate physical changes in matter.

#### Lesson 4: Chemical Changes in Matter – 3 Activities

Illustrate chemical changes in matter.

#### Lesson 5: Distinguish Types of Change – 3 Activities

Distinguish between physical and chemical changes in matter.

#### Lesson 6: Heat as Energy – 2 Activities

Recognize and describe heat as a form of energy.

#### Lesson 7: Flow of Energy – 2 Activities

Explain and trace the flow of energy in a system.

#### Lesson 8: Sources of Energy for Life – 3 Activities

Identify sources of energy that organisms need to stay alive and grow.

#### Lesson 9: Machines Effect on Force – 3 Activities

Use simple machines to experiment with the effects of force and motion.

#### Lesson 10: Force to an Object – 3 Activities

Apply force to an object, and observe that when a force is applied, the object either speeds up, slows down, or changes direction.

#### Lesson 1: Basic Principles of Sound – 3 Activities

Identify the basic physical phenomena of sound.

#### Lesson 2: Sounds of Music – 2 Activities

Identify by sight and sound instruments from the brass, woodwind, string, and percussion families.

#### Lesson 1: Formation of Rocks – 3 Activities

Identify the physical characteristics and discuss the formation of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.

#### Lesson 2: Composition of Rocks – 2 Activities

Understand that rocks are composed of different combinations of minerals.

#### Lesson 3: Composition of Soil – 2 Activities

Describe the composition and properties of soil

#### Lesson 4: Earth’s Natural Resources – 3 Activities

Recognize Earth’s natural resources, and explain how they interact with each other.

#### Lesson 5: People/Earth’s Interaction – 2 Activities

Recognize ways in which people interact with the Earth’s natural resources.

#### Lesson 6: Systems of the Universe – 4 Activities

Identify different systems that are found in our universe.

#### Lesson 7: Arrangement of Planets – 4 Activities

Understand the arrangement of planets in our solar system.

#### Lesson 8: Mercury – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Mercury.

#### Lesson 9: Venus – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Venus.

#### Lesson 10: Earth – 3 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Earth.

#### Lesson 11: Mars – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Mars.

#### Lesson 12: Jupiter – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Jupiter.

#### Lesson 13: Saturn – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Saturn.

#### Lesson 14: Uranus – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Uranus.

#### Lesson 15: Neptune – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Neptune.

#### Lesson 16: Pluto – 4 Activities

Classify the planets according to size, characteristics, and composition. Learn about the planet Pluto.

#### Lesson 17: Naming of Planets – 3 Activities

Investigate the process of how planets are named in our solar system.

#### Lesson 18: Asteroids – 3 Activities

Identify other bodies in space. Learn about asteroids.

#### Lesson 19: Comets – 3 Activities

Identify other bodies in space. Learn about comets.

#### Lesson 20: Comets – 3 Activities

Identify other bodies in space. Learn about comets.

#### Lesson 21: Meteoroids – 3 Activities

Identify other bodies in space. Learn about meteoroids.

#### Lesson 22: Satellites – 3 Activities

Investigate how satellites are used to gather information about the Earth.

#### Lesson 23: Sun as a Star – 3 Activities

Recognize that the Sun is a star and that energy from the Sun can be captured and used for work on Earth.

#### Lesson 24: Earth/Sun/Moon Movement – 3 Activities

Demonstrate that the Earth’s movement around the Sun and the Moon’s movement around the Earth produce the cyclical phases of the Moon.

#### Lesson 24: Effects of Earth Movements – 3 Activities

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.

#### Lesson 1: Life Cycle – 3 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 2: Body Systems – 8 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 3: Vertebrates & Invertebrates – 4 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 4: Ecosystems – 6 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 5: Life & Environment Interact – 3 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 6: Food Web – 3 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 7: Plants in the Food Web – 3 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 8: Consumers in a Food Web – 2 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 9: Man Threatens Environment – 3 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 10: Changes in Ecosystems – 3 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 11: Protecting Natural Systems – 3 Activities

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).

#### Lesson 12: Recycling – 3 Activities

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).

### Lesson Activity Finder Tool

The lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.

Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student LaunchPad page. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.

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