Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 4th Grade- The performance expectations in fourth grade help students formulate answers to questions such as: “What are waves and what are some things they can do? How can water, ice, wind and vegetation change the land? What patterns of Earth’s features can be determined with the use of maps? How do internal and external structures support the survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction of plants and animals? What is energy and how is it related to motion? How is energy transferred? How can energy be used to solve a problem?”
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) focuses on three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard -or performance expectation-and each dimension works with the other to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS: Helps students explore connections with Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design. DISCIPLINARY CORE IDEAS: The key ideas that have a broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. PRACTICES: Describes behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and systems.
Fourth grade focuses on Energy; Waves and Information; Structure, Function, and Information Processing; Earth Systems: Processes That Shape the Earth Additional Science curriculum- FOSS Earth Science- Rocks and Minerals; Weathering and Erosion Physical Science- Magnetism and Electricity Life Science- Ecosystems; Food Chains; Food Webs