Science Curriculum

Grades 3-4


1. How living things function, adapt and change

~ Introduce inherited and learned characteristics and traits.
~ Develop ability to group different life forms by classification.
~ Compare/Contrast the life cycles of different organisms.
~ Differentiate animal/life as vertebrates or invertebrates.
~ Identify component parts of organisms (organ systems) and their related functions

~ Categorize features of organisms as inherited or learned.
~ Differentiate between inherited versus learned traits.
~ Compare/Contrast the life cycles of different organisms.
~ Enumerate specific body systems and their related functions (documentary movie).


2. How living things interact with each other and with their environment

~ Identify and contrast the characteristics of different organisms in their environment.
~ Identify traits that are required to survive in a specific environment.

~ Classify organisms by their role in the environment (food chain/web).
~ Compare the physical features of an environment with the organisms in residence (doc movie).


3. Properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them

~ Observe and list various forms of energy and their uses.
~ Identify the states of matter.

~ Observe the interrelationships of various forms of energy and how they apply to the Law of Conservation of Energy)
~ Identify the physical and chemical changes that states of matter undergo (doc movie, experiments).


4. Force and motion and the principles that explain them

~ Observe the relationship between actions and reactions.
~ Discuss the forces of nature and their effects.

~ Demonstrate and explain the relationships between actions and reactions.
~ Explain the causal relationships of forces in terms of reactions (experiments).


5. The features and processes of the Earth and its resources

~ Identify and explain the natural cycles of the earth.
~ Identify short and long term interactions between the component systems of the earth.

~ Explain and illustrate the causes and effects of the interactions between the component systems of the earth.
~ Identify and classify recyclable materials.


6. The concepts, principles and processes of scientific inquiry

~ Use science observations, apply scientific knowledge and concepts to ask questions on a specific topic.
~ Organize and display data, using various kinds of graphs and charts.
~ Use a computer or other technology to produce simple graphs and charts.
~ Use data from multiple observations of the same event to explain an effect or result.
~ Use data from multiple sources to explain and support a conclusion.
~ Use graphs or charts to report the results of small groups observations of the same event.
~ Use a variety of a approaches such as graphing, diagramming, visual, written and oral reports and multi- media presentations to communicate the results of individual and group investigations.


7. The concepts, principles and processes of technological design

~ Use estimation, measurement concepts and tools to collect and record data.
~ Brainstorm possible solutions to a given problem.
~ Working alone or in groups, design a plan within time limits and available materials to solve the problem.
~ Build a prototype or model according to a design using available tools and materials.
~ Test the prototype or model, collect and record test results.

~ Collect quantitative data, and qualitative data to investigate questions or solve a problem.
~ Replicate tests of the prototype or model and compare results.
~ Analyze the test results against the design criteria identifying possible sources or error.
~ Modify design plan or prototype based on data analysis and retest if necessary.
~ Prepare a report for the test design, procedures and results.
~ Communicate test results and conclusion (doc movie).


8. Know and apply the accepted practices of science

~ Demonstrate basic science practices.
~ Observe that outcomes of investigations, when repeated, have differences.
~ Observing and charting data during experiments.

~ Classify variables that may have caused differences in the outcomes of investigations.
~ Develop and maintain accurate record systems

(project assignment).


9. Know and apply concepts that describe the interaction between science, technology and society

~ Demonstrate how scientific instruments/technology are used to collect, store, and retrieve data.
~ Demonstrate examples of the effects of scientific and technological innovations on society.
~ Identify and discuss ways that science and technology influence the lives and careers of people.
~ Demonstrate and illustrate examples of the relative effectiveness of reusing, reducing, and recycling in actual situations.
~ List and compare advantages and disadvantages created by the introduction of technology into the ecosystem.
~ Identify, discuss, compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages of specific personal and societal choices as they affect local, regional, and global ecosystems.

(Discussion and evaluation of assigned projects)