What's better than being a rocket scientist?
How about being a biologist, physicist, geologist, engineer, geographer, and rocket scientist all rolled into one?
That's what your students will be by the end of Shmoop's 4th Grade Science course: a Swiss army knife of scientific know-how. To give students the skills to understand and analyze the world around them (no big deal), we've created a Next Generation Science Standards-aligned curriculum that's chock full of physical science, life science, and earth science.
Each lesson in our themed units features Warm Ups, Direct Instruction, and Guided and Independent Practice, along with worksheets, assessments, answer keys, and videos. Aside from the explicit instruction (yup, an engaging script), you can also expect hands-on activities and experiments that will get your students one step closer to becoming
mad scientists science superstars.
Your students will
(Pro tip: if you combine those last two projects at home, and sprinkle in a little bacon and cheese, you can have yourself a balanced and scientific breakfast.)
By the end of the course, students will be able to form hypotheses, make observations, investigate and experiment, analyze quantitative data, identify different forms of energy, read and create maps, and think critically about the natural world. And in a special two-for-one deal, they'll also apply what they've learned in ELA courses through close reading of informative texts, scientific articles, and narrative, science-packed fiction.
And really, the only kind of science we're missing from our aspiring rocket scientists is xenology—but, uh, we can save that for the fifth grade.
These are year-long elementary courses with 90-day-long semesters, made up of themed, standards-aligned units. You can follow the course verbatim in its day-by-day progression, or cherry-pick specific lessons by previewing the curriculum maps and seeing which standards, skills, or texts you'd most like to teach. Courses also include teacher scripts, differentiation and extension, videos, worksheets, and answer keys.