K-8 Grade Levels

Grade 04


glossary icon4th Grade Science
"I can ... statements"

4th grade imageIn fourth grade, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Students are expected to use these practices to demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.


[PS3] Energy

    • SCI-04.PS3.01  Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
    • SCI-04.PS3.02  Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
    • SCI-04.PS3.03  Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
    • SCI-04.PS3.04  Using the engineering design process build a device that converts energy from one form to another.



[PS4] Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

    • SCI-04.PS4.01  Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.
    • SCI-04.PS4.03  Construct a code to convey information by researching past and present methods of transmitting information.



[LS1] From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

    • SCI-04.LS1.01  Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
    • SCI-04.LS1.02  Form an explanation to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different way.


[ESS1] Earth's Place in the Universe

    • SCI-04.ESS1.01  Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.



[ESS2] Earth's Systems

    • SCI-04.ESS2.01  Make observations and metric measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering and the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
    • SCI-04.ESS2.02  Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.



[ESS3] Earth and Human Activity

    • SCI-04.ESS3.01  Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
    • SCI-04.ESS3.02  Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.



[ETS1] Grade 3-5 Engineering Design

    • SCI-EL.ETS1.01 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    • SCI-EL.ETS1.02 Generate and compare multiple possible so lutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    • SCI-EL.ETS1.03 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.