4th Grade Comprehensive Curriculum

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Comprehensive Curriculum

Black-line Masters

Pacing Chart

Science LEAP Assessment Guide

Science LEAP Practice Powerpoint

Science SimulationsAdditional Resources

 

 

Unit 1:  Measuring and Comparing
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Length/Distance/Speed:  12 metric rulers, 12 primary rulers, 12 senior rulers, 6 measuring tapes, 6 motion sensors, 6 photogates with digital adaptors, 6 inclined plane boards, 6 friction boxes, 6 Halls cars

Mass: 6 Ohaus triple beam balances

Weight:  6  force sensors

Volume:  6 beakers, 6 sets of measuring plastic cylinders, 2 dispensing jugs

Temperature:  6 hot plates, 12 thermometers, temperature sensors

6 GLXs

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Experimental Design
(An entire unit on the scientific method contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Summer Institute)

Measuring Colors
(An activity on using a graduated cylinder contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Summer Institute)

Sand Clocks
(Combines measuring time with the scientific method!)

Feeling and Measuring Temperature

Measuring Distance

Teach Density With Eggs & Salt

More about Matter: Solids, Liquids, & Gases
(This link will get you to a lesson plan by Scholastic with a video, karaoke, etc.  Cute!)

Matter Unit
(A whole unit on matter contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Summer Institute)

Use GLXs with temperature sensors in addition to thermometers for CC activities.

Use GLXs with force sensors as a spring scale when measuring weight.

Use motion sensors and photogates to measure speed.

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Unit 2:  Sound, Light, and Heat
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heat sources:  6 hot plates, pack of candles

temperature: 12 thermometers, 6 GLXs with 2 temperature sensors each

Sound: Wave Port (on portable laptop), 6 sound sensors built into GLX, one sound level sensor for demonstration, 8-piece tuning fork set

light: 6 goose neck lamps, 6 flash light, pkg. of 712 paraffin candles, 6 light sensors, 6 unbreakable mirrors (5"x7")   

6 unbreakable mirrors (5"x7" )

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Temperature & Heat Unit
(A whole unit on heat contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Summer Institute)

Feeling and Measuring Temperature

Investigating Sound

Sound Unit
(A whole unit on sound contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Summer Institute)

Evaporation and Condensation

Stress to your students the "3 B's of Light:  You can BEND it (refraction), you can BLOCK it (shadows), and you can BOUNCE it (reflection)!

Ideas on Light
(Go to this discussion thread to get many ideas on experimenting with light.)

Let There Be Light

Animals and Light

Bend a Straw With Your Eyes

How Light & Color Affect Sight
(Students make sunglasses with different color lenses.)

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Unit 3: Electricity
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6 snap circuit kits

6 GLXs and 6 voltmeter sensors

8 sets of 6 floating magnets, iron filings in a 12oz jar, 6 economy magnetic compass boards

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Conductors vs. Insulators
(Students can replace the light bulb with the GLX voltmeter to incorporate technology.)

Salty Water

Use the snap circuit kits to teach electricity basics!

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Unit 4:  Living Organisms
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QX5 School Ed. Computer microscope, General science slides, disposable microscope slides, blunt point forceps, 6 magnifying glasses, human anatomy model

 

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Compare Plant & Animal Cells

Delicious Classification
(This activity is a fun way to teach students classification.)


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Unit 5:  Ecosystems
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Owl pellets study kits, 12 forceps with blunt point, 6 magnifying glasses, microscopes, QX5 microscopes and one deep well projection slide

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Unit 6:  Planet Earth and Its Moon
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Length/Distance:  12 metric rulers, 12 primary rulers, 12 senior rulers, 6 measuring tapes

microscopes, 1 QX5 digital microscope, magnifying glasses

1 introductory rock collection set,  6 streak mineral collection sets, 6 sets classifying  sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks

6 beakers, 6 sets of measuring plastic cylinders, 2 dispensing jugs

1 illuminated orbital planetarium 

6 flash lights

6 light sensors, 12 thermometers, temperature sensors

6 GLXs

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The Moon Olympics
(This is an interactive site to allow to students to examine the effects of gravity.)

Solar System Unit
contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Master Teacher

Day and Night PowerPoint
contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Master Teacher

Moon Facts & Moon Phases PowerPoint
contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Master Teacher

Solar and Lunar Eclipses
contributed by Julie Dubois - MSP Master Teacher

Use flashlights and light sensors for experiment models dealing with the amount of sun light during the day.

Please use the Weather Stations that are available through the internet by all schools in the parish for to record daily environmental conditions!

http://achieve.weatherbug.com/Registration/login.aspx

Weather Station Instructions

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Unit 7:  Structure and Form of Living Things
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1 QX5 school ed. computer microscope, 1 set of general science slides, 12 pk. disposable microscope slides, 1 deep well projection slide, 12 blunt point forceps, 6 magnifying glasses

Length/Distance:  12 metric rulers, 12 primary rulers, 12 senior rulers, 6 measuring tapes

 six human anatomy models

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Spinal Column Model
(Uses spools & construction paper to make a model.)

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Unit 8:  Foods and Nutrition
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3 corning hot plates, 3 electric extension,  6 triple beam balances

72 candles, temperature sensors and GLXs

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