Biology: Animals, Adaptations, and Biomes
Adaptations and Animal Watching
Prezi: Bountiful Biomes
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Science Review Activities
Games, chapter summaries, and quizzes. http://www.macmillanmh.com/science/2008/student/na/grade4/index.html
August 2014 and throughout the year: We will observe and follow the examples of scientists as they explore different parts of the world around us and look carefully, measure and compare, search for cause and effect, use their experience to make predictions, and test their ideas through experimentation.
Meteorology (Water Cycle, Clouds, Severe Weather, and Weather Safety)
September & October 2014: We will learn to classify clouds and types of weather and learn weather safety guidelines for tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorms. Our project for this unit will include building weather instruments and keeping a week-long log of weather and cloud data to make a chart or graph to communicate our findings.
Astronomy (Sun, Moon, and the Solar System)
November & December 2014: We will learn how the Sun affects the Earth, how the motion of the Moon and Earth cause the phases of the Moon, and more about the planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, and comets that make up our solar system. Unit projects will range from reports and presentations about planet facts, creative writing about travel to or living on other planets, research about deep space phenomena (planets in other solar systems, black holes, galaxies), or biographical sketches of famous astronauts or astronomers.
Physics of Light, Electricity, and Magnetism
January & February 2015: We will participate in labs about light and color, electrical circuits, and magnetic force as we learn how energy can take different forms. The unit project will be a choice of further research about an invention or inventor, optical illusions, energy, technology, and the environment, or a student-assembled invention making use of 1.5 volt batteries, from flashlights to doorbells to robots.
Biology (Plants, Animals, Ecosystems, and Biomes)
March through May 2015: We will research a variety of biomes around the Earth to better understand how the plants, animals, and non-living factors in an environment create a system. Unit projects will include opportunities to explore a favorite animal's physical and behavioral adaptations and create a presentation about a biome's location, climate, plant and animal life, food chains, and resources that help human beings.