Fourth Grade Science

I just love learning about science, along with my children! I could experiment in nature all day without getting bored! There’s just so much to explore. Fourth grade science focuses a lot on nature such as weather, plants, pollutions, and the solar system. Below, I’ve listed a general list of what a fourth grader should study and learn in science.

Scientific Method and Scientific Inquiry: This will be built upon from previous years and it is necessary to provide reinforcement. Most any science book will teach scientific theory. I feel that the most important thing you can do as a teacher (and the most fun) is to reinforce these theories by doing regular experiments using the scientific methods and inquiries learned in lessons.

-Local Regional Environment: Experimenting in your local region can add to the lessons studied. Visit the many areas around you including zoos, botanical gardens, and parks.

-Biological Organization: Students should learn that all biological organisms are made up of smaller, independent systems.

-The Human Body: This could be placed and learned along with biological organization.

-Classification Systems: Students should learn how to classify each living thing.

-Ecosystems: Students should learn about the balance in nature, different climates around the world, food chains, and ocean life.

-Weather: This is a subject that has been taught since kindergarten. In fourth grade, you will add to lessons in previous years by teaching weather’s influences, weather instruments, climates, and cause of seasons. To bring these concepts to life, you might consider visiting a science museum.

-The History of the Earth: This subject will depend on whether you will lead from teach from theory of evolution or creationism. We teach from a creationism standpoint. If you are teaching from a creationism focus, it is important to also teach your student about what is being taught from the evolution view and why you believe and teach creationism, so that they will be able to defend their point of view.

Living Creatures: Insects, reptiles, plants, animals of the past, seeds, plant structure.

-Other areas: Pollution, electricity, light, magnets, solar system, space.

Fourth Grade Social Studies

Fourth grade is an exciting time! This year, the major focus is really more on socialization, as opposed to history. Geography is also a major part of the curriculum this year. It’s just my opinion, but I feel that the best way to teach socialization is to “live it”! That leaves more time for history! I really put a lot into social studies. Mainly because it was such a boring subject for me in the public school system. I’ve learned to appreciate social studies, geography and history so much more since my homeschooling days started! So, here’s a list of what should be learned by the end of fourth grade.

-World Cultures: It’s awesome if you can do some world travel, and obviously it’s the best way to teach about other cultures. Traveling around the world in fourth grade is not feasible for most of us, so opting for great reading and pictorial resources is of utmost importance. Movies about different areas is also a great resource.

-Laws: Teaching the moral and social reasons for our laws is fairly easy to discuss and learn with your fourth grader.

-Regions of the World: Use maps and globes to teach your student about regions of the world, continents, countries, and oceans.

-Time zones: Locate a time zone map. They can easily be located by an online search. I often ask my children what time it is in a time zone where other relatives live and make it a fun sort of game.

-Map Skills: Longitude, latitude and scale. Use maps regularly when learning about other areas of the world.

-Using a Globe: Also use the globe as a regular part of your lessons when locating different areas of the world. Discuss the difference between a globe and flat map.

-Climatic Regions of the World: These can be taught in conjunction with learning about different regions of the world.

-Earth’s Resources: Students should learn about the earth’s different resources as well as how they are consumed. I love to teach about being “green” when we talk about earth’s resources. It’s just a great thing to teach your children about how to take care of the earth.

By incorporating these major areas, your fourth grader will be well prepared to enter fifth grade!