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4th Grade - November/December 2018
 

Happy Fall and Winter 4th Grade!

As we move into cooler weather in November we begin learning about Energy and Food Chains, Earth’s Resources, and Minerals and Rocks. We end December learning about Weathering and Erosion. We hope you share the amazing things you are doing in your classroom with us on Twitter @CollierScience.

 

ENERGY AND FOOD CHAINS

Vocabulary
consumer (omnivore, carnivore, herbivore), energy transfer, food chain, nutrients, photosynthesis, producer, sun

Formative Assessments
CPALMS Lesson
Pearson uInvestigate Lab
Where do animals get their energy? (page 319)

Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
Given a food chain, which part has the most impact? What might happen if that part was removed?

Picture Perfect Lesson Cambridge ADI

EARTH'S RESOURCES

Vocabulary
nonrenewable resource, renewable resource, deforestation, environment, invasive species, native species, pollute

Formative Assessments
CPALMS Lesson
Pearson uInvestigate Lab
How are resources used? (page 87)

Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
Water, phosphate, oil, silicon, limestone, wind and the Sun are all important Florida resources. Which one has the greatest impact on our environment?

Picture Perfect Lesson Cambridge ADI

 

MINERALS AND ROCKS

Vocabulary
cleavage, hardness, luster, minerals, streak, heat, igneous rock, metamorphic rock, sedimentary rock

Formative Assessments
CPALMS Lesson
Pearson uInvestigate Lab
How do you identify a rock? (page 66)

How can you classify minerals? (page 67)

Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
Which is more useful – a rock or a mineral? Why?

Of the three categories of rocks, which type plays the biggest role in the Earth’s formation?

Picture Perfect Lesson Cambridge ADI

WEATHERING AND EROSION

Vocabulary
deposit, erosion, physical weathering, sediment

Formative Assessments
CPALMS Lesson
Pearson uInvestigate Lab
How can a rock wear away? (page 77)

Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
Where does sand come from?

Picture Perfect Lesson

 
 

November is the month to remind us to be thankful for the many positive things happening in our life. We are thankful for the wonderful job our teachers do each day in teaching students to reach! This month students will continue to learn about European explorers who came to Florida and their motivations for coming. They will learn about the early colonies in Florida and the missions the Spanish established for Native Americans. Students will also realize three European countries ruled the area that would become Florida at one time and recognize the major impact Europeans had on the lives of Native Americans.

A special note: Veterans Day is November 11, 2018. This year marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Please see the lessons available to support the teaching of Veterans Day content.

 

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Student Friendly Goals

Learning Goal 9
Learning Goal 10
Learning Goal 11

Benchmarks
SS.4.A.1.1, SS.4.A.3.2, SS.4.A.3.3, SS.4.A.3.4, SS.4.A.3.5, SS.4.A.3.7, SS.4.G.1.4

Vocabulary
militia, mission, St. Augustine, Fort Mose, enlist, freedom, honor, patriotic, veteran, contribution, treaty, colonization

Special Lessons

Featured Inquiry Lesson (Cambridge Primary)
DBQ - Why Did Spain Settle St. Augustine?

Character Education - Responsibility
  • To be accountable for one’s own actions, and to know and follow laws, rules, and conduct codes.
  • Responsibility is about looking inside yourself and doing all you can to be the best person possible; trying to find ways you can help others.
  • Grade 4 Suggested Lessons
  • “Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” – Chuck Palahniuk

Spotlight on the Classroom

Fourth grade students at Palmetto Elementary demonstrate citizenship in action by recycling at their school.

Fourth grade students at Big Cypress Elementary prepare for their dbq on citizenship by singing “Be good citizens!”

Resources

 
 
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