Fourth Grade Science

The science units in fourth grade include the Solar System, Circuits & Pathways, and Investigating the Changing Earth. Descriptions of each unit are provided below:

Solar System
Students become familiar with objects in our solar system. They gain a perspective on the physical relationship between objects in the solar system. Students model planets, combine astronomy and geometry to study ellipses and planetary orbits. Students study stars and their celestial patterns. They also observe moon phases.

Circuits and Pathways
Students explore the properties of electricity in simple circuits. They use motors, batteries, wire, bulbs, and switches to explore the concepts of a circuit, contact points, and multiple pathways.

Investigating the Changing Earth
Students explore changes in the Earth's surface caused by weathering and erosion. Using stream tables they develop explanations for delta deposition, canyon formation, floods, and other stream-related phenomena.