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Fourth Grade Homeschool Science Curriculum

Fourth Grade Homeschool Science Curriculum
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Fourth grade science students are becoming more sophisticated in their ability to explain and describe scientific concepts. They will speculate about the observations they make. They will also connect the topics they are learning about to their own experiences.

When choosing your ideal fourth grade science program, you will want to make sure that your curriculum uses hands-on, student-centered, and inquiry-based approaches to keep your student engaged and motivated to learn.

What Do You Teach in Science in Fourth Grade?

Fourth graders explore three different branches of science this year: physical science, life science, and earth & space science. When homeschooling, you have the freedom to focus on the concepts that you choose, but some of the most common topics covered in fourth grade science curriculum are:

  • Scientific inquiry and investigation
  • Changes in matter and energy
  • Engineering & technology
  • Solar System & Universe
  • Living things, life cycles, and food webs

Your fourth grade science lessons should inspire your children to love science! The topics taught become a launchpad for your child’s curiosity, turning them into investigators and problem-solvers.

Check out Time4Learning’s 4th grade scope and sequence for science below to view the different activities included in our science program for fourth grade.

Fourth Grade Science Objectives

By the end of their fourth grade year, your student should be much more than an observer of science–he/she should be an active participant. An effective 4th grade science curriculum builds on the knowledge your student has gained in the previous school years to focus on deeper understanding of scientific concepts. It also connects those concepts to other areas of the curriculum such as math and literacy.

Some of the specific goals to reach for in fourth grade science include:

  • Representing data in tables and graphical displays.
  • Participate in scientific activities and learning practices, using scientific language and tools.
  • Exploring the components of various systems and explaining the relationships between them.
  • Comparing and contrasting attributes of things with a focus on communicating the similarities and differences.
  • Formulate predictions in the realm of science based on observed cause and effect relationships.

Time4Learning’s Fourth Grade Science Lessons

Think Like a Scientist focuses students on how scientists think, encouraging them to ask questions, investigate, and communicate, and highlighting the ways science has changed our world.
Engineering Design focuses on the engineering design process, including the purpose for engineering, testing a prototype, and how some failed designs were turned into successful technology.
Energy & Transformations focuses on the transfer, storage and transformation of energy through collisions.
Waves focuses on the movement of energy (light, sound, heat) and the ways we have developed to communicate using waves.
Structure & Function of Plants focuses on plant structures, including cells, roots, leaves, stems, fruits, flowers and seeds. Students also learn the function that plants serve in providing food for all living things through photosynthesis.
Structure & Behavior of Animals focuses on the idea that all animals are made up of internal and external structures that help them survive and meet their needs.
Geological Changes Over Time focuses on the slow changes that have happened on our planet over millions of years and the evidence that is left behind in the form of rocks and fossils.
Earth’s Features & Change focuses on the patterns that can be seen in Earth’s features and how weathering, erosion and deposition can make quick or slow changes to the features of Earth.

Why Choose Time4Learning 4th Grade Science Curriculum?

Time4Learning’s science curriculum makes it fun and easy for families to teach science at home. To ensure that students love and are excited by science, a good homeschool science program must be more than just a presentation of facts. With Time4Learning, science is taught using a combination of animated lessons, engaging activities, hands-on experiments, supplemental worksheets, quizzes and tests.

Learn more about our online fourth grade curriculum, designed to help your child learn and master their fundamental concepts.

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