In fourth grade, students develop experiments to answer questions and build prototypes to solve problems related to real-world phenomena. Each month-long unit gives students the opportunity to develop ideas and build on concepts integrated across different disciplines over time.
Each Science Pod contains the following for each student:
- consumable materials for Units 1-9
- non-consumable materials forUnits 1-9
- one set of Student Lab Manuals for Units 1-9
Each teacher receives:
- 1-Year online subscription to the KnowAtom Interactive for teachers to access the teacher guides for each unit, student lab manuals, visuals, tools, read-aloud videos, templates, Spanish translations, training resources and more
- In Unit 1 Matter and Energy, students explore how scientists on the International Space Station carry out experiments to look for patterns and cause-and-effect relationships in the world around them.
- In Unit 2 Shaping Earth’s Surface, students investigate how Earth’s systems and natural processes have shaped the Grand Canyon and Earth’s surface over time.
- In Unit 3 Earth and Human Activity, students explore how Earth’s hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere interact by investigating the phenomena of aquifer formation, urban flooding, and hydroelectric dams capturing energy in moving water.
- In Unit 4 Plant and Animal Structures, students explore how living things depend on their environment and one another for survival.
- In Unit 5 Organisms and Their Environment, students investigate how animals process information from the environment with sensory structures and how that information influences behaviors.
- In Unit 6 Energy Transfers, students investigate how simple machines make life easier and how levers can be used to launch projectiles by exploring the relationship between forces, energy, and motion.
- In Unit 7 Electrical Energy, students explore how devices such as flashlights and electric car motors function by investigating how energy is transferred in circuits and can do work.
- In Unit 8 Sound Waves, students investigate how whales communicate over long distances by exploring how sound energy is transferred in waves of vibrating molecules.
- In Unit 9 Light and Communication, students explore how different technologies use patterns of sound, light, or numbers to transfer information from one place to another.