Science K-5 Rebekah Erickson » 4th Grade

4th Grade

Fourth grade, now that we are going to be doing this for longer than we anticipated, it means we need to go back to our own curriculum. So, if you are looking to make up work from the first four weeks, that work is on the 5th Grade page. You can still go access it at any point. It is clear when the work shifts to work you do not need to do because it reads: 5th grade only. You can also look at the dates items were assigned. 
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Day 1 - Remember the Ring of Fire? 
2. Watch Mystery Science - Why do some Volcanoes Explode?
     Don't forget to click "I am a Student" to be let in.
3. Complete the activity. 
   *The activity asks you to get a cup of "thin lava" and "thick lava". Thin lava is just water and thick lava is simply a mixture of flour and water, thick enough to make a paste. 
        "In this Mystery, students will investigate how differences in lava types explain differences in the shape and eruption patterns among volcanoes. In the activity, Bubble Trouble, students compare two different types of "lava" -- thin and thick. They use this information to figure out why volcanoes have different shapes and how the type of lava explains why some volcanoes explode."
** You WILL need to at least look at the worksheet below. You don't have to print it, but you will need to use it to complete the activity. It is labeled Mystery Science Lava Experiment.
4. Optional videos. Extend your knowledge. (You could do these at home too!!)
     Fun Science Demos - What causes volcanoes to erupt?
     Fun Science Demos - Inside a Volcano - A Cool Model
Day 2 - Plate Tectonics Overview
1. Complete the activity in the Loom -
    ***Make a map of the world and cut it into the major plates of our crust. 
2. Complete the activity: Graham Cracker Crust. DO NOT EAT IT UNTIL YOU ARE DONE!!
3. Turn in a picture of your boundary names and what landform they produce. And, of course, the mess you made. 
Renewable and Non-Renewable Natural Resources
Day 1 - (all week)
1. Create a water wheel. This will count as your Maker Space assignment as well. The loom shares how Generation Genius did it and is easy to follow. Otherwise, use the links Mrs. Woodley provided or the extra links below
        Generation Genius DIY (playing cards and paper plates):  
Other links with different supplies:
Water wheel from egg cartons:
Fidget spinner and Easter eggs (don't do the water bottle delivery system at the end if you don't want to, just use a pitcher of water):
A little more complicated (spoons):
Day 2 and 3:
1. Watch the Mystery Science: Where Does Energy Come From?
2. Complete the Activity - Power This Town
   ***You will want to be able to see the worksheets that go with this lesson. You do not need to print them if you cannot but you will need to be able to see them to fill out your own paper. They are linked below. (And in google classroom under science).
     1. Mystery Science Energy Plan
     2. Mystery Science Wind, Sun, and Water Energy
It is my understanding that many of you are behind on your science. So, if you are behind, use the next two weeks to catch up and complete all of the science lessons that you are missing.
For those who have kept up, we are going to spend the next two weeks doing some STEM challenges. Each week, pick one challenge (or as many as you would like), complete it and upload videos to your teacher. 
STEM Challenge Week:
Idea #1. LEGO Challenge:
Idea #2. Build a self-propelled car.
I made these two instructional videos for third grade simple machines unit. The first shows you how to make a wheel and axle that actually turns and gives ideas on supplies you can use from your recycle bin. The second is how to make a balloon powered car. 
Idea #3. Build a self-propelled boat that actually floats.
Idea #4. Make s'mores in your own solar oven. 
Idea #5. Make a marble run - go life-size if you can!
These aren't life size but just ideas of different ways to make them. 
Idea #6. Pool Noodle and Toothpick Structure
Cut a pool noodle into pieces of varying size. Build a structure - either as tall as you can and/or as stable as you can. Test your structure in water to make sure it floats.