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Science (Grade 4)

Students in Grade 4 will observe and begin the process of interpreting what they see. They group and classify living and nonliving things. For more information see: A Framework for Science Education: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165

Scientific and Engineering Practices -skills needed to do science successfully

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts – knowledge connecting the sciences

  1. Patterns
  2. Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
  3. Scale, proportion, and quantity
  4. Systems and system models
  5. Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation
  6. Structure and function
  7. Stability and change

Physical Science

Focuses on:Energy, Waves

Life Science

Focuses on: Life Cycles and Traits

Earth and Space Science

Focuses on: Processes that Shape the Earth

Engineering and Technology- Understanding how the human-built world affects your life

In grades K-5, the core ideas for Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science are included in the Life Science, Earth & Space Science, and Physical Science standards

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