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Science in 4th Grade


Students in Fourth grade formulate answers to questions such as: “What are waves and what are some things they can do? How can water, ice, wind and vegetation change the land? What patterns of Earth’s features can be determined with the use of maps? How do internal and external structures support the survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction of plants and animals? What is energy and how is it related to motion? How is energy transferred? How can energy be used to solve a problem?” 

Students are engaged in deeper level skills that require them to synthesize information and demonstrate their understanding through a variety of presentations of their knowledge. Students are able to use evidence to construct explanations of relationships and apply their understanding to the engineering design process: designing, testing, and refining devices. In Fourth grade science at Westerly students are engaged throughout the year 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 to demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas.

Students will:

  • Energy and Motion
  • Human Uses of Energy
  • Earth’s Features
  • Earth’s Natural Hazards
  • Structures and Functions
  • The History of Planet Earth
  • Waves and Information
  • Human Body & Systems
  • Engineering & Design