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4th Grade Science Lesson Plans–2002 Science Core

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

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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.

  1. Where is Water Found?
  2. Why Does a Puddle Shrink?
  3. Condensation Chambers
  4. Heat Energy and Water
  5. How Do You Dew?

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the water cycle.

  1. The Water Cycle Model
  2. Water on the Move
  3. Water World Story
  4. Dino Drool
  5. Round and Round

Resources for Standard I

  1. Water Cycle Standard and ILOs
  2. Water Cycle Shared Reading
  3. Water Cycle Assessments
  4. Water Cycle Resource Page
  5. Vocabulary Worksheet
  6. Water Math Problems
  7. Never Ending Story Lessons
  8. Water Cycle PowerPoint
  9. Water Cycle Jeopardy
  10. 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.

  1. Clouds
  2. Thermometers
  3. Wind
    1. Wind Vane Base
    2. Ping Pong Anemometer Template
  4. Everyone Knows It's Windy
  5. Making a Barometer
  6. Severe Weather
  7. Collecting Weather Data
  8. Minds-on Science
  9. Hot Hands-on Science
  10. Air Pressure Changes Activities
  11. Air Pressure Changes Answers

Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Interpret recorded weather data for simple patterns.

  1. Interpreting Weather Data
  2. Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest

Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Evaluate weather predictions based upon observational data.

  1. Predicting and Evaluating Weather Forecasts
  2. Discovering Earth's Air Pressure
  3. The Changing Life of Air Pressure
  4. What is a Barometer?
  5. What Happens at Any GivenBarometer Reading?
    1. Different Air Pressure Readings--Graphic Organizers in Color
  6. Weather Tools of the Trade
  7. Winter and Summer Storm Scenarios
  8. Graphing the Weather

Resources for Standard II

    1. Weather Standard and ILOs
    2. Weather Share Reading
    3. Weather Assessments
    4. How Clouds are Formed
    5. Torricelli and the First Barometer PPT
      1. Story of the First Barometer--Script for the PowerPoint
    6. Weather Instruments and Conditions Review
    7. Changes in the Barometer Study Questions
    8. Finding The Current Weather Conditions Webpage
    9. Air Pressure Effects Graphic Organizers
    10. Summer Storms Graphic Organizers
    11. The Weather Stick
    12. Weather/Air Pressure Youtube Videos
    13. Earth's Air Pressure Picture
    14. Severe Weather--Youtube Videos
    15. How Clouds Form--Youtube Videos
    16. 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

  1. Minerals vs. Rocks
  2. Rock Identification
  3. Rock Discovery
  4. Crystals
  5. Mineral Magic
  6. The Nature and Origins of Rocks
  7. Rock Discovery Box
  8. Every Rock Has a Story Lesson Plan
    1. Every Rock Has A Story Master Map--One Page, 11x17
    2. Every Rock Has a Story Colored Map--One Page, 11x17
    3. Every Rock Has A Story Separated out Master Maps--3 Pages, 8.5x11
    4. Every Rock Has A Story Separated out Colored Maps--3 Pages, 8.5x11
    5. The Science Behind How Rocks Are Made
    6. Identifying Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks by Their Characteristics
    7. Description of Utah Rocks
    8. Characteristics of Utah Rocks 

    9. 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.

  1. Weathering
  2. Erosion
  3. Weathering and Erosion Splashdown
  4. Plop! Plop! Fizz! Fizz!
  5. Slip Sliding Away
  6. Take a Tumble
  7. Move It
  8. Breaking Down and Moving Out Rocks
  9. Using Inquiry to Discover Weathering and Erosion
    1. The Proof is in the Rocks Using Inquiry to Discover Weathering and Erosion Part 1
    2. Weathering and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Part 2
      1. How Nature Breaks Down Rocks By Weathering Student Workbook
      2. How Nature Breaks Down Rocks By Weathering Answers
    3. Erosion and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Part 3
      1. Erosion and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Student Workbook
      2. Erosion and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Answers
  10. Utah’s Geological History and The Affects of Utah’s Geography on Human Life in Utah
    1. Utah's Geological History Lesson Plan
    2. Utah's Past Event and Results
    3. Utah Map
    4. Utah-A Geologic History--Maps

Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Observe the basic components of soil and relate the components of plant growth.

  1. What Is In Soil?
  2. What's In Soil?
  3. Soil Profile
  4. Plants in Soil
  5. S-O-I-L  SOIL
  6. The Dirt On Soil
  7. What? No Soil?
  8. What to Look For in Soil Activity

Resources for Standard III

  1. Rocks, Weathering, Erosion, and Soil Standard and ILOs
  2. Rocks, Weathering, Erosion, and Soil Shared Reading
  3. Rocks, Weathering, Erosion and Soil Tests
  4. Resources for Rocks
    1. Rock Descriptions in Their Categories
    2. Rock Characteristics
    3. Rock Categorical Descriptions
    4. Rocks Assessment
    5. Rocks--YouTube Videos
    6. Rock Cycle Videos
    7. The Science Behind Rocks
    8. Every Rock Has a Story Master Picture
    9. Every Rock Has a Story Colored Picture
    10. Reasons Why Rocks Look the Way They Do
  5. Resources for Weathering & Erosion
    1. Evidence of Weathering and Erosion
    2. Weathering and Erosion Resources
    3. Weathering and Erosion--YouTube Videos
    4. More Weathering and Erosion--Youtube Videos
    5. Why is the Ocean Salty?
  6. Resources for Soil
    1. Ag In The Classroom Lessons For Teaching Soil
    2. Types of Soil Activities & Quiz Soil Websites
    3. Questions About Soil
    4. Soil--YouTube Videos

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

  1. Identifying and Comparing Fossils
  2. Simulating Fossil Formations in Sedimentary Rocks
  3. Examining Your Fossil
  4. Making Good Impressions
  5. Fossil Formation Fun
  6. Mold and Cast Fossil Formation
  7. Bone Identification
  8. Interpreting Dinosaur Tracks
  9. Fossil Footsteps
  10. Digging For Fossils
  11. Preparing a Fish Fossils
  12. 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.

  1. What Did You Find?
  2. Finding Fossils
    1. Fossil Maps
    2. Utah Fossils Show PPT
    3. Where Fossils Have Been Found In Utah Map
      1. Marine Era--300 mya to 550 mya
      2. Jurassic Era--149 mya to 195 mya
      3. Cretaceous Era--15 mya to 65 mya
      4. Ice Age Era--10,000 ya to 2 mya
      5. Descriptions of the Utah Fossils Time Periods
      6. Utah Dinosaur Record Chart
      7. Utah-A Geologic History Map
      8. Utah Geologic History Description and Results
      9. Student Papers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Map Templates
      10. Colored Answers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Maps
    4. Utah Fossils Locality Information
    5. Fossil Guide
    6. How Dinosaur Bones Are Found
  3. Dino Detectives
  4. Making and Discovering Fossils
    1. Making Fossils in a Cup
    2. How Nature Makes Fossils Student Booklet
    3. How Nature Makes Fossils Student Booklet Answers
    4. Fossil Discovery Log Student Booklet
    5. Fossil Discovery Log Answers
    6. Combination Booklet of How Nature Makes Fossils and Fossil Discovery
  5. Fossil Inferences
  6. Fossils
  7. Fossils Dinosaur Extinction
  8. Making a Geological Timeline

Resources for Standard IV

  1. Fossils Standard and ILOs
  2. Fossils Shared Reading
  3. Fossils Tests
  4. Fossils Resources
  5. Utah Fossil Show PPT
  6. Where Fossils are Found in Utah
    1. Student Papers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Map Templates
    2. Colored Answers "Where Fossils Have Been Found" Utah Map
  7. Utah Fossil Locality Information
  8. Fossil Guide
  9. Youtube Videos on Fossils
  10. BBC Nature Prehistoric Life
  11. Dinosaur Extinction PPT
  12. Theories of Dinosaur Extinction
  13. Different Habitats of Dinosaurs Slide Show
  14. Fossil Discovery Place Activity
  15. How Dinosaur Bones Are Found
  16. 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.

  1. Finding Wetlands, Forests, and Deserts
  2. Mapping It Out
    1. Elevation, Temperature, Precipitation Comparisons
  3. I Spy Environments
  4. 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.

  1. Elevation, Plants, and Animals
  2. Web of Life
  3. Wetland Adaptation and Migration
  4. Desert Dynamics I
  5. Desert Dynamics II
    1. Desert Plant Survival Power Point
  6. Endangered Species of Utah
  7. Plant Puzzlers
  8. Cookie Combat
  9. Wetland Mud Cloth
  10. A Matter of Life and Death

Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Use Simple scheme to classify Utah plants and animals.

  1. Classification Schemes
  2. Classifying Utah Plants and Animals
  3. Amiable Amphibians
    1. Amphibian Pictures 1
    2. Amphibian Pictures 2
  4. Classifying Conundrum
  5. Potato Chip Classification
  6. Classifying Utah's Bats
  7. Classifying Kids
  8. Keys and Classifying
  9. Why Do you Classify This?

Objective 4 Lesson Plans--Observe and record the behavior of Utah animals.

  1. Bird Study
  2. Mammal Oral Reports
  3. Utah Fish Cooperative Learning Activity
  4. Amphibians & Reptiles
  5. What's Bugging You?
  6. Adaptations-Survival of the Fittest
  7. Which Beak is Better?

Resources for Standard V

  1. Utah Environments Standard and ILOs
  2. Utah Environments Shared Reading
  3. Utah Environments Tests
  4. What Are Wetland?
  5. Utah Environments Color Chart
  6. Awesome Facts about Bats
  7. Build a Food Web