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4th Grade - February 2018

During the month of February, your young scientists will continue their exploration of energy. They will learn how energy is transferred from one form to another. One way to help students understand this is through our district littleBits competition! Every fourth grader should have the opportunity to qualify for the District littleBits competition in May.

We have added quick-clicks to the standards to help you as you plan standards-based lessons. The big idea name will take you to CPALMS and provides teaching ideas. The standard number takes you to the item specifications and content limits for that standard. Happy February!


Clicking on each unit title will take you to the cPALMS description for that standard. Clicking on the standard number will take you to the item specifications for that standard.

Student Friendly Goals

Learning Goal 14
Learning Goal 15
Learning Goal 17

energy, heat, kinetic energy, light, light energy, mechanical energy, motion, potential energy, solar energy, sound, sound wave, thermal energy, pitch, vibrate, vibration, Fahrenheit, Celsius, conduction, insulator, temperature

Formative Assessment
Turning the Dial
Making Sound
Objects and Temperature

Featured 5E Inquiry-Based Lessons
Forms of Energy
Changing the Form of Energy
Sound Waves
Thermal Energy
Heat Transfer

Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER)
You are shopping for new cookware. What material should you look for if you want your food to heat evenly and quickly? Copper? Iron? Or Aluminum? How would you test these materials in order to make the best decision?

When you open the refrigerator, does cold air flow out or does warm air rush in?

What materials make good insulators? Use probeware to provide evidence to support your claim.
Hold Everything! Comparing Insulators – CSG, LSG, TG

Science Literacy Strategies and Resources
Learning Center NSTA (create free account and log in first)

Featured SOS Strategies from Discovery Education
Fold, Draw, Learn - Vocabulary Development

Tug-of-War - Helping students see opposing sides


For more information about the District's littleBits competition, please contact Lindy George.

Check out the littleBits website for ideas and activities to enrich your energy transfer lessons!


February is Black History Month. February is also a time to celebrate U.S. Presidents. Resources for teaching these special holidays can be found in this edition of the Grade 4 Curriculum Connection Newsletter and in the curriculum guide.

This month students continue the study of Florida’s growth after the Civil War and Reconstruction and how changes made Florida a modern state. Revisit geography skills by using maps to demonstrate how railroads allowed for easier travel, the development of industries, and an eventual land boom. This is a good opportunity to use the “What Was Henry Flagler’s Greatest Achievement?” Document Based Questions (DBQ) to explain the effects of advances on Florida and the contributions of significant individuals to Florida. Finally, try the Connection Cards found in this month’s strategy! This strategy uses visuals and vocabulary to engage students in the content. Students enjoy finding connections and sharing their unique interpretations of how terms and images fit together.


Student Friendly Goals

Learning Goal 16
Learning Goal 17
Learning Goal 18

SS.4.A.1.1, SS.4.A.5.2, SS.4.A.6.1, SS.4.A.6.3, Florida Statute 1003.42

black codes, constitution, sharecropping, segregation, Commander in Chief, Electoral College, impeach, recession industry immigrant

Connection Cards

Special Lessons


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