GRADE FOUR SCIENCE - NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
In the Grade Four performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas
A transition from the Illinois Learning Standards for Science to the Next Generation Science Standards will occur during the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 school years.
Science Units taught in Grade Four include:
- Plant and care for a plant
- Observe, describe, and record changes in plants
- Compare and analyze changes occurring in the plant over time
- Measure and record the growth of plants
- Use graphs to display, compare, and analyze growth patterns
- Predict future growth from observations and measurements
- Communicate results and reflect on experiences through writing
- Research and draw two plant life cycles of fruit producing plants
- Create a flower model
- Investigate food chains and webs
- Recognize adaptations animals use for survival
- Examine the predator-prey relationship
- Identify consumers, producers, herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.
- Investigate owl pellets through hands-on dissection.
- Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of the object.
- Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat and electric currents.
- Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
- Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
- Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
- Develop a model of waves to describe patterns and causes of movement.
- Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.
Scientific Inquiry Method is integrated into the Science Curriculum.
The Science Performance Expectations for Grade Four have been recommended by the Next Generation Science Standards, a collaborative group of over 20 states, including Illinois.