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?
- Condensation Chambers
- Heat Energy and Water
- How Do You Dew?
Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Describe the water cycle.
Resources for Standard I
- Water Cycle Standard and ILOs
- Water Cycle Shared Reading
- Water Cycle Assessments
- Water Cycle Resource Page
- Vocabulary Worksheet
- 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.
- Everyone Knows It's Windy
- Making a Barometer
- Severe Weather
- Collecting Weather Data
- Minds-on Science
- Hot Hands-on Science
- Air Pressure Changes Experiments/Activities--Student Booklet
- Air Pressure Changes Experiments/Activities--Student Booklet Answers
- Sketches of the Air Pressure Experiments/Activities of Student Booklet
- Objective 2 Lesson Plans--Interpret recorded weather data for simple patterns.
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?
- Weather Tools of the Trade
- Winter and Summer Storm Scenarios
- Graphing the Weather
Resources for Standard II
- Weather Standard and ILOs
- Weather Share Reading
- Weather Assessments
- How Clouds are Formed
- Torricelli and the First Barometer PPT
- 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
- Rock Identification
- Rock Discovery
- Mineral Magic
- 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
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
- Move It
- 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
- Erosion and Its Effects on Earth's Surface Part 3
- Utah’s Geological History and The Affects of Utah’s Geography on Human Life in Utah
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?
- Soil Profile
- Plants in Soil
- S-O-I-L 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
- Resources for Weathering & Erosion
- Resources for 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
- Bone Identification
- Interpreting Dinosaur Tracks
- Fossil Footsteps
- 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? Lesson Plan
- Fossil Maps Lesson Plan
- Dino Detectives Lesson Plan
- Fossil Inferences Lesson Plan
- Fossils Lesson Plan
- Fossils Dinosaur Extinction Plan
- Making a Geological Timeline Lesson Plan
- "Making and Discovering Fossils" Activity
- Making Fossils in a Cup
- "Combination Booklet of How Nature Makes Fossils and Fossil Discovery"
- Utah Fossil Time Period Eras and Descriptions Combination Booklet
- Fossils Found in Utah Activities
- What, Where, and How Fossils are Found in Utah Resources
- A Geologic History Map of Utah's 10 Time Periods
Resources for Standard IV
- Fossils Standard and ILOs
- Fossils Shared Reading
- Fossils Tests
- Fossils Resources
- Utah Fossil Show PPT
- Where Fossils are Found in Utah
- Utah Fossil Locality Information
- Fossil Guide
- 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
- 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
- Endangered Species of Utah
- Plant Puzzlers
- Cookie Combat
- Wetland Mud Cloth
- A Matter of Life and Death
Objective 3 Lesson Plans--Use Simple scheme to classify Utah plants and animals.
- Classification Schemes
- Classifying Utah Plants and Animals
- Amiable Amphibians
- Classifying Conundrum
- Potato Chip Classification
- Classifying Utah's Bats
- Classifying Kids
- Keys and Classifying
- Why Do you Classify This?
Objective 4 Lesson Plans--Observe and record the behavior of Utah animals.
- Bird Study
- Mammal Oral Reports
- Utah Fish Cooperative Learning Activity
- Amphibians & Reptiles
- What's Bugging You?
- Adaptations-Survival of the Fittest
- Which Beak is Better?