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4th Grade - September 2018

Welcome back to a brand new school year! This month’s newsletter is filled with ideas and extras for 4th grade science classes. We have added some additional resources to help until your new science materials arrive. We have included a feedback and submission form at the bottom and would love for teachers to let us know how the newsletter can be even more helpful. If you have ideas and resources to share, we would love to hear from you as well.



Pearson Elevate Science Instructional Resource

  • Nature of Science Handbook - page 352 (EM1 - EM9)
observation, inference, investigation, experiment, data, claim, evidence, reasoning, scientific model

Vernier Probeware
Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
How do scientific models help me make sense of science?

Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI) for Cambridge Primary Science Literacy Resources Featured SOS Strategies from Discovery Education


Pearson Elevate Science Instructional Resource

  • Pearson Realize - Interactivity: Plant Reproduction
fertilization, germination, ovary, petals, stamen, pistil, pollination, reproduction, see dispersal, pollen

STEAM Activities
  • 3D Flower Model - Have students use construction paper, art supplies, and household items to construct and label a 3D model of a flower.
Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
  • How do insects help plants reproduce? (refer to the UInvestigate lab on page 259 - Pearson)
  • Have students watch the VIDEO “seed balls”. Then have them collaborate and complete a CER for the question: How do the seed balls work? If you have the materials, let students make and distribute their own seed balls.
Featured SOS Strategies from Discovery Education



Pearson Elevate Science Instructional Resource

  • Pearson Realize - Interactivity: Build a Life Cycle
metamorphosis, pupae, larva, egg, nymph, molt

STEAM Activity
  • Metamorphosis Theater – Have students act out the stages of metamorphosis with props and paper costumes, or have them create a dance to depict pollination to fruit production in flowers. (Don’t forget to tweet your videos and tag @collierscience)

Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
How does the life cycle of an alligator compare to the life cycle of a butterfly and a grasshopper?

Science Literacy Resources

  • Picture Perfect: Turtle Hurdles - connect to Pearson UInvestigate lab on page 269.

    Picture Perfect Tradebooks are available for checkout with your media specialist or from the district science department.
Featured SOS Strategies from Discovery Education


ZooCon - Fosa

Dr. Luke Dollar is coming on September 14th! Tweet your photos and tag @collierscience and #ccpsZooCon


This is going to be an exciting year! As we embark on our journey to engage students in Florida history we must be mindful of how Florida fits into the larger picture of the world as well. The month of September provides plenty of opportunity to make this happen.

September is American Founders’ Month! We will celebrate the founders of our nation, the signing of the United States Constitution, and reflect on the freedoms we have as citizens in America during Freedom Week. Students learned about citizenship and how to work together to solve community problems during the first two weeks of school. This allows for an easy transition to discuss how our Founding Fathers had to work together to create a unique and amazing country. The geography benchmarks open the door for our Cambridge students to work on their first DBQ of the year - Why Are Hurricanes So Dangerous? Take it one step at a time and remember, there are various ways to analyze the documents and formatively assess your students’ knowledge. Teach them how to reach for success! Thank you for all you do to make learning fun and engaging for your students.


Student Friendly Goals

Learning Goal 1
Learning Goal 2
Learning Goal 3
Learning Goal 4
Learning Goal 5

SS.4.A.1.1, SS.4.A.1.2, SS.4.A.2.1, SS.4.C.1.1, SS.4.C.2.2, SS.4.C.2.3, SS.4.G.1.1, SS.4.G.1.2, SS.4.G.1.4

citizenship, community, local, state, volunteer, voting, map, map legend, political map, cardinal direction, compass rose, map scale, geography, region, landform, physical map, physical features, cultural features, latitude, longitude, patriotism, Founding Fathers, U.S. Constitution, Florida Constitution

Special Lessons

Spotlight on Strategies
Half the Story - They say pictures are worth a thousand words. If this is true, why wouldn’t we use images as a springboard to discussion? Whether we are trying to show students that we need the whole picture to make an opinion or we are trying to encourage their minds to begin processing and making connections, images provide a quick and easy way to build a foundation for learning.

Doing DBQ Tips

  • Picture Walk – Guide and model students through looking at images and simple documents. Take the time to show students what they should be looking for and at in the primary sources.

  • Think Alouds – Model the thinking process when addressing the guiding question of the DBQ.

  • Graphic organizers – Use Foldables, Vocabulary Flipbooks, T- Charts with documents on each side with evidence, and Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast evidence.

  • Do lots of formative assessment through the process.

  • Create a DBQ notebook with step-by-step instructions and rubric that allow students to go back and review.

  • Collect video of good teaching examples as well as students working with documents. Use the video to help other teachers see what it can look like or how to further progress.

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