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Fourth Grade: Energy

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Driving Questions: What is energy and how is it related to motion? How is energy transferred? How can energy be used to solve a problem?

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Fourth Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Caues and Effect

Cause and Effect

Events have causes that generate observable patterns.


Energy and Matter

Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Meet the Orchestra

Meet the Orchestra

Oscar and the Cricket

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Temperature Heating Up and Cooling Down

Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down

Planting the Trees of Kenya

Planting the Trees of Kenya

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 4-PS3-1
    • #11 Mixing Water (USI Vol2) p. 83
  • 4-PS3-2
    • #14 The Mitten Problem, p. 109
  • 4-PS3-3
    • #11 Mixing Water (USI Vol2) p. 83
  • 4-PS3-4
    • #9 One Wire or Two? (USI PSV2) p. 53
    • #10 How Can You Light a Bulb? (USI PSV2) p. 59
    • #11 Where Do I Put the Switch? (USI PSV2) p. 63
  • 4-ESS3-1
    • #21 Where Does Oil Come From? (USI Vol4) p. 151
    • #28 Renewable or NonRenewable (USI ESS) p. 145

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