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.