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These 4th grade science lesson plans consists of all the lesson plans that were written for the 4th grade science core taken from the State Science Teacher Resource Book and from the Elementary CORE Academies from 2002 through 2010. They have all been written by teachers of Utah. If you have a particular lesson or resource that you want to share for this webpage, please contact me. If you have questions on a certain lesson plan, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Standard I: Water Cycle--Students will understand that water changes state as it moves through the water cycle.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Describe the relationship between heat energy, evaporation and condensation of water on Earth.
Where is Water Found?
Why Does a Puddle Shrink?
Heat Energy and Water
How Do You Dew?
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the water cycle.
The Water Cycle Model
Water on the Move
Water World Story
Round and Round Resources for Standard I
Water Cycle Standard and ILOs
Water Cycle Shared Reading
Water Cycle Assessments
Water Cycle Resource Page
Water Math Problems
Never Ending Story Lessons
Water Cycle PowerPoint
Water Cycle Jeopardy
Water Cycle Youtube Videos
Standard II: Weather Patterns--Students will understand that the elements of weather can be observed, measured, and recored to make predictions and determine simple weather patterns.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Observe, measure, and record the basic elements of weather.
Wind Vane Base
Ping Pong Anemometer Template
Everyone Knows It's Windy
Making a Barometer
Collecting Weather Data
Hot Hands-on Science
Air Pressure Changes Activities
Air Pressure Changes Answers
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Interpret recorded weather data for simple patterns.
Interpreting Weather Data
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest
Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Evaluate weather predictions based upon observational data.
Predicting and Evaluating Weather Forecasts
Discovering Earth's Air Pressure
The Changing Life of Air Pressure
What is a Barometer?
What Happens at Any GivenBarometer Reading?
Different Air Pressure Readings--Graphic Organizers in Color
Weather Tools of the Trade
Winter and Summer Storm Scenarios
Graphing the Weather
Resources for Standard II
Weather Standard and ILOs
Weather Share Reading
How Clouds are Formed
Torricelli and the First Barometer PPT
Story of the First Barometer--Script for the PowerPoint
Weather Instruments and Conditions Review
Changes in the Barometer Study Questions
Finding The Current Weather Conditions Webpage
Air Pressure Effects Graphic Organizers
Summer Storms Graphic Organizers
The Weather Stick
Weather/Air Pressure Youtube Videos
Earth's Air Pressure Picture
Severe Weather--Youtube Videos
How Clouds Form--Youtube Videos
Barometer Change Chart Affecting the Weather Instruments
Standard III: Rocks Properties, Weathering/Erosion, Soil Components--Students will understand the basic properties of rocks, the process involved in the formation of soils, and the needs of plants provided by soil.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Identify basic properties of minerals and rocks
Minerals vs. Rocks
The Nature and Origins of Rocks
Rock Discovery Box
Every Rock Has a Story Lesson Plan
Every Rock Has A Story Master Map--One Page, 11x17
Every Rock Has a Story Colored Map--One Page, 11x17
Every Rock Has A Story Separated out Master Maps--3 Pages, 8.5x11
Every Rock Has A Story Separated out Colored Maps--3 Pages, 8.5x11
The Science Behind How Rocks Are Made
Identifying Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks by Their Characteristics
Description of Utah Rocks
Characteristics of Utah Rocks
Reasons Why Rocks Look the Way They Do
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Explain how the processes of weathering and erosion change and move materials that become soil.
Weathering and Erosion Splashdown
Plop! Plop! Fizz! Fizz!
Slip Sliding Away
Take a Tumble
Breaking Down and Moving Out Rocks Using Inquiry to Discover Weathering and Erosion
The Proof is in the Rocks Using Inquiry to Discover Weathering and Erosion Part 1
Weathering and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Part 2
How Nature Breaks Down Rocks By Weathering Student Workbook
How Nature Breaks Down Rocks By Weathering Answers
Erosion and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Part 3
Erosion and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Student Workbook
Erosion and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Answers Utah’s Geological History and The Affects of Utah’s Geography on Human Life in Utah
Utah's Geological History Lesson Plan
Utah's Past Event and Results
Utah-A Geologic History--Maps
Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Observe the basic components of soil and relate the components of plant growth.
What Is In Soil?
What's In Soil?
Plants in Soil
The Dirt On Soil
What? No Soil?
What to Look For in Soil Activity Resources for Standard III
Rocks, Weathering, Erosion, and Soil Standard and ILOs
Rocks, Weathering, Erosion, and Soil Shared Reading
Rocks, Weathering, Erosion and Soil Tests Resources for Rocks
Rock Descriptions in Their Categories
Rock Categorical Descriptions
Rock Cycle Videos
The Science Behind Rocks
Every Rock Has a Story Master Picture
Every Rock Has a Story Colored Picture
Reasons Why Rocks Look the Way They Do Resources for Weathering & Erosion
Evidence of Weathering and Erosion
Weathering and Erosion Resources
Weathering and Erosion--YouTube Videos
More Weathering and Erosion--Youtube Videos
Why is the Ocean Salty? Resources for Soil
Ag In The Classroom Lessons For Teaching Soil
Types of Soil Activities & Quiz Soil Websites
Questions About Soil
Standard IV: Fossils Formation and Inferences--Students will understand how fossils are formed, where they may be found in Utah, and how they can be used to make inferences.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Describe Utah fossils and explain how they were formed
Identifying and Comparing Fossils
Simulating Fossil Formations in Sedimentary Rocks
Examining Your Fossil
Making Good Impressions
Fossil Formation Fun
Mold and Cast Fossil Formation
Interpreting Dinosaur Tracks
Digging For Fossils
Preparing a Fish Fossils
How Big is a Dinosaur
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Explain how fossils can be used to make inferences about past life, climate, geology, and environments.
What Did You Find? Finding Fossils
Utah Fossils Show PPT
Where Fossils Have Been Found In Utah Map
Marine Era--300 mya to 550 mya
Jurassic Era--149 mya to 195 mya
Cretaceous Era--15 mya to 65 mya
Ice Age Era--10,000 ya to 2 mya
Descriptions of the Utah Fossils Time Periods
Utah Dinosaur Record Chart
Utah-A Geologic History Map
Utah Geologic History Description and Results
Student Papers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Map Templates
Colored Answers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Maps
Utah Fossils Locality Information
How Dinosaur Bones Are Found
Dino Detectives Making and Discovering Fossils
Making Fossils in a Cup
How Nature Makes Fossils Student Booklet
How Nature Makes Fossils Student Booklet Answers
Fossil Discovery Log Student Booklet
Fossil Discovery Log Answers
Combination Booklet of How Nature Makes Fossils and Fossil Discovery
Fossils Dinosaur Extinction
Making a Geological Timeline Resources for Standard IV
Fossils Standard and ILOs
Fossils Shared Reading
Utah Fossil Show PPT Where Fossils are Found in Utah
Student Papers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Map Templates
Colored Answers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Map
Utah Fossil Locality Information
Youtube Videos on Fossils
BBC Nature Prehistoric Life
Dinosaur Extinction PPT
Theories of Dinosaur Extinction
Different Habitats of Dinosaurs Slide Show
Fossil Discovery Place Activity
How Dinosaur Bones Are Found
Dinosaur Bone Found by Five Year Old Boy
Standard V: Utah Environments--Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.
Objective 1 Lesson Plans--Describe the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts.
Finding Wetlands, Forests, and Deserts
Mapping It Out
Elevation, Temperature, Precipitation Comparisons
I Spy Environments
Learning About Utah Environments Through Literacy
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the common plants and animals found in Utah environments and how these organisms have adapted to the environment in which they live.
Elevation, Plants, and Animals
Web of Life
Wetland Adaptation and Migration
Desert Dynamics I
Desert Dynamics II
Desert Plant Survival Power Point
Endangered Species of Utah
Wetland Mud Cloth
A Matter of Life and Death Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Use Simple scheme to classify Utah plants and animals.
Classifying Utah Plants and Animals
Amphibian Pictures 1
Amphibian Pictures 2
Potato Chip Classification
Classifying Utah's Bats
Keys and Classifying
Why Do you Classify This?
Objective 4 Lesson Plans--Observe and record the behavior of Utah animals.
Mammal Oral Reports
Utah Fish Cooperative Learning Activity
Amphibians & Reptiles
What's Bugging You?
Adaptations-Survival of the Fittest
Which Beak is Better? Resources for Standard V
Utah Environments Standard and ILOs
Utah Environments Shared Reading
Utah Environments Tests
What Are Wetland?
Utah Environments Color Chart
Awesome Facts about Bats
Build a Food Web