Science and the World We Live In

Fourth Grade Science

Tennessee BluePrint for Learning with Internet Links 

Elementary Science Resources

 

LIFE SCIENCE STANDARDS

Cell Structure and Function

The student will investigate the structure and function of plant and animal cells.


 

Key

Reporting

Category

 

I

 

Examine a variety of plant and animal cells.

Cells of plants and animals

A

SF

Identify the function of specific plant and animal parts.

Parts of a flower

Animal Adaptations

A

SF

Recognize the basic structure of plant and animal cells.

Lesson plan—Travel brochure for a cell

Tour  of the cell

A

SF

Identify animal and plant cell structures and functions.

Brain Pop—animal cell structure

Parts of a cell—plant and animal

Plant and animal cell animations

Plant Cell Structure

Parts of a plant

Life Cycle of a Plant

 

Interactions Between Living Things and Their Environment

 The student will investigate how living things interact with one another and with nonliving elements of their environment.

I

 

Examine and relate how plants and animals interact with each other and their environment.

A

E

Select plants and animals found in a specific environment.

How animals meet their needs

National Geographic Habitats

WWF habitats

List of animals and their habitats

A

E

Recognize how plants and animals interact with each other in their environment.

BBC Habitat online activity

BBC Habitats offline lesson

I

 

Provide evidence and give examples of environmental changes caused by living things.

A

E

Identify ways that organisms affect their environment.

See how pond life changes based on population of different animals

Reconstruct a barren prairie

  

Food Production and Energy for Life

 The student will study the basic parts of plants, investigate how plants produce food, and discover that plants and animals use food to sustain life.

D

 

Explain that animals must obtain food and use food for energy.

A

SF

Compare how various animals obtain and use food for energy.

Chain reaction-Build a food chain

What do animals eat?

United Streaming—The Food Chain Mystery

A

SF

Match the edible parts of plants with particular plant structures.

Root factory—explore types of roots and if they are edible or not

Classify vegetables based on what part we eat

D

 

Compare how specific animals obtain oxygen (e.g., gills, lungs).

A

SF

Match the animal with their means of obtaining oxygen.

Compare ways different animals breathe

United Streaming—Animal Adaptations

Heredity and Reproduction

 The student will understand the basic principles of inheritance.

D

 

Compare the traits of offspring with those of the parent.

A

LC

Distinguish offspring from the parent.

Butterfly life cycle

Life cycles--learn about the life cycles of animals found in ponds, gardens, hedgerows, and on cliffs in this interactive site

Life cycle cards-printable

A

LC

Recognize the relationship between reproduction and the survival of a species.

D

 

Describe the life cycle of an animal (i.e., frog, mealworm).

Hatching Baby Chicks

A

LC

Select the illustration that depicts the life cycle of a specific organism.

Animals’ Life Cycle - Webquest

The Circle of Life

Where do butterflies come from?

Grow Up- interactive

 

Diversity and Adaptation Among Living Things

 The student will understand that living things have characteristics that enable them to survive in their environment.

D

 

Classify animals according to their characteristics.

Scholastic: animal adaptations Galapagos Islands

Rain Forest adaptations

Build a fish to survive

EcoKids- Animal Adaptations

A

E

Match a plant or animal adaptation to a particular environmental condition.

Adaptation Quiz

A

E

Compare and contrast groups of organisms according to their major features.

Odd one out

living and nonliving

A

E

Match the form of structures found in living things to their function.

Camouflage Field Guide

Biological Change

 The student will understand that living things have changed over time.

D

 

Examine fossils and explain how they provide information about the types of organisms that lived in the past.  If Rocks Could Talk

A

LC

Match fossil evidence with organisms that are alive today.

Types of fossils

fossils

A

LC

Identify animal and plant populations as thriving, threatened, endangered, or extinct.

Endangered Species

endangered or threatened?

Save or species- EPA

A

LC

Infer possible causes of extinction.

Extinction

Major causes of extinction

causes of extinction

 

EARTH SCIENCE STANDARDS

 Earth and Its Place in the Universe 

The student will investigate the structure of the universe.

D

 

Identify and order the planets in the solar system by their distance from the sun.

Solar System

A

SC

Determine the order of the planets according to their distance from the sun.

solar system ppt

worksheets

math and science integration unit plan

Planet Roll Call - podcast

A

SC

Recognize that the length and position of a shadow are related to the location of the sun.

Shadows and Sounds

What creates our shadow?

Coloring shadows with a sundial

D

 

Demonstrate how the earth rotates and revolves.

Earth’s Rotation

D

 

Simulate the changing shape of the moon.

Simulation of Moon Phases

A

SC

Identify the phases of the moon in the correct sequence.

Phases of the moon

math science integration

Atmospheric Cycles

The student will investigate the relationships among atmospheric conditions, weather, and climate.

D

 

Identify and use the proper tools to measure atmospheric conditions (i.e., barometer, thermometer, anemometer, and rain gauge).

Air Pressure

NASA Wild Weather Adventure Game

A

SC

Identify the cloud type(s) associated with specific weather conditions.

Weather PowerPoint (also includes instruments)

Cloud Types – Power Point Presentation

Cloud Clues - Activity

Sunken Treasures Game (weather conditions and instruments)

A

SC

Choose the appropriate instrument for measuring a given atmospheric condition.

Weather Watch

weather instruments

I

 

Describe how oceans affect weather and climate.

Oceans

A

SC

Identify the basic features of the water cycle. 

TIC TAC KNOW Game on Water Cycle 

Water Cycle (NASA)

The Water Cycle

Water Cycle animation

Water cycle movie

Earth Features

 The student will understand that the earth has many geological features that are constantly changing.

I

 

Observe and describe how wind and water change the earth’s geological features.

A

ER

Recognize specific geological features.

ppt activity

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Arches National Park

Mesas and Buttes--pictures

canyon pictures

summary of world’s 10 best geological features on earth

A

ER

Determine how wind and water change the earth’s geological features

How does rain shape the Earth?

erosion and weathering

I

 

Identify the earth’s layers.

Layers of the Earth

A

ER

Identify the layers of the earth.

interactive labeling

 

Earth Resources

 The student will investigate the properties, uses, and conservation of earth’s resources.

D

 

Classify earth materials according to their use.

A

ER

Choose the appropriate use for an earth material.

Minerals in our environment

Earth water filter

A sticky situation: Designing walls

I

 

Identify the different components of soil.

A

ER

Identify the basic characteristics of soil.

NASA: Soil Science Education

Discovery Science: The Dirt on Soil

Sammy Soil: A coloring book

A

ER

Distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

energy sources

renewable and non renewable resources

online quiz

Is it environmentally friendly?

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE STANDARDS

 Forces and Motion

 The student will investigate the effects of force on the movement of objects.

A

ME

Recognize the effects of gravity.

American Museum of Natural History (Where is our Place in Space?)

Gravity in Action

Science Lab: Gravity

United Streaming:  Getting to know gravity

A

ME

Select factors that have the greatest effect on the motion of an object.

Friction game

BBC: Friction interactive

Let it Roll friction activity

United Streaming: Laws of Motion

A

ME

Determine how speed affects distance traveled over time.

Speed, distance, and time visual

A

ME

Recognize simple machines (i.e., inclined plane, lever, and pulley)

Identify simple machines

More on simple machines

Simple machines for teachers

Definitions of simple machines

Compound machines

I

 

Identify factors that affect the amount of friction.

 

Structure and Properties of Matter

 The student will investigate the characteristic properties of matter.

 

M

 

Describe and compare observations made of objects using the naked eye, magnifying glass, and microscope.

M

 

Describe matter by its observable physical properties (i.e., color, shape, texture, weight, volume, and length).

Density

A

M

Select an object according to its observable physical properties.

physical properties--wikipedia

more on physical properties

sink or float?  Physical properties

A

M

Identify states of matter.

Science lab: states of matter

BBC: States of Matter

Chemistry 4 Kids

A

M

Determine how various types of matter change state.

Chemistry 4 Kids

 

Interactions of Matter

 The student will investigate the interactions of matter.

 

A

M

Choose features associated with physical changes.

physical changes

Quia: chemical or physical changes

Chemistry 4 kids

A

M

Identify characteristics of different types of mixtures.

Identify characteristics of different types of mixtures.

Chemistry 4 Kids

A

M

Determine methods for separating mixtures.

The Mixtures Lab

The Unmixables

 

Energy

 The student will investigate energy and its uses.

A

ME

Identify different forms of energy.

Brain Pop: forms of energy

Information on forms of energy

Renewable vs. non-renewable energy

Kinetic vs. potential class activity

Types of energy

United Streaming: Getting to Know Electricity

United Streaming:  Magic School Bus Gets Charged

I

 

Describe how light behaves when it strikes different surfaces.

I

 

Explain how the volume and pitch of sound are controlled.

A

ME

Distinguish between the volume and the pitch of sound.

Science Lab: sound

BBC: sound

Science Court

Vibration video

I

 

Construct and explain a simple electrical circuit.

A

ME

Select a simple electrical circuit.

BBC: circuit interactive

Guide to electricity

I

 

Categorize materials as conductors or insulators.

A

ME

Recognize that various materials conduct heat.

Guide to electricity

 

 

 

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