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Fourth Grade Science Resources

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Planets | Science Trek
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek describes the sun, the center of the solar system, the planets, and asteroid belt of the solar system. It explains why earth is in a favorable spot for life, and the importance of gravity in keeping planets in their orbits. Learn how the planets are alike and different.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1

Sun, Moon & Stars
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

Students learn about the planets in our Solar System. This video follows the history of the exploration of the planets from the use of telescopes to robotic spacecraft. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1

Our Solar System: The Planets
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

In this activity, students will learn their place in the solar system among the sun, moon and other planets. They will discuss how the movement of the Earth and moon cause daylight and moonlight.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1

This Is How I See It
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will construct interactive lunar cycle models to illustrate the phases of the Moon in 3 dimensions. They will demonstrate how the orientation of the Sun, Moon and Earth at certain points in the lunar cycle causes the phases as observed from Earth. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1

Phases of the Moon
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video

Examines the sources of the moon's light. The moon reflects the light from the sun. Different parts of the moon are lit up at different times depending on the position of the sun which results in the phases of the moon.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
Georgia Standard: S4E1

Moon Phases Simulation
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive

Relate observable Moon patterns to motions within the Earth–Sun–Moon system using this digital model from Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Linked Earth and space perspectives enable students to recognize cause-and-effect relationships. They can also visualize the spatial and time scales of phenomena such as the Moon’s apparent path in the sky and the Moon’s appearance in the day sky and night sky.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to model the effects of the position and motion of the Earth and the moon in relation to the sun as observed from the Earth. 
Georgia Standard: S4E2

Wacky Water
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will explore similarities and differences among liquids and build foundational ideas of matter and molecular structure. Students will investigate different properties of liquids to help them explain how raindrops run down a window, observe how insects can walk on water, and understand that liquid fits into the container in which it is held. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle. 
Georgia Standard: S4E3

A Raindrop Roadtrip
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will “become” water droplets and travel among the different storages of water. Students will roll a die to determine which station in the classroom they will go to: the atmosphere, ocean, forest, or glaciers. They must answer a question correctly to roll the die again and continue to another storage in the water cycle. As students journey around the water cycle, they will keep track of their travels and also name the process that allows them to travel from one water storage to another. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle. 
Georgia Standard: S4E3

How's the Weather
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

Students will make their own weather station, consisting of several homemade versions of real weather measurement equipment and use that equipment to make observations about the local weather. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to predict weather events and infer weather patterns using weather charts/maps and collected weather data. 
Georgia Standard: S4E4

Scoping the Scene
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will explore the relationship between angles of incident and reflected light and use this relationship to design and test their own periscopes in a classroom competition. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the nature of light and how light interacts with objects. 
Georgia Standard: S4P1

Glove-a-phone
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

Create a musical instrument in minutes that can be used for a wide range of explorations into the science of sound! Students will discover the connection between vibrations and sounds.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how sound is produced and changed and how sound and/or light can be used to communicate. 
Georgia Standard: S4P2

What's the Buzz?
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

All sound is made up of vibrations (rapid back-and-forth movement), which produce sound waves that travel through the air to our ears. When you play a kazoo, air carries the sound waves from your mouth down the tube, making the waxed paper vibrate. You can feel those vibrations if you touch the waxed paper. With this "Fetch!" activity, make an instrument that anyone can play - a kazoo - and get the buzz on sound vibrations!
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how sound is produced and changed and how sound and/or light can be used to communicate. 
Georgia Standard: S4P2

Pitch: Super Sounding Drums
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity

In this video, two ZOOM cast members create drums of different sizes, shapes, materials, and tensions of their drums, and compare the results. The construction of a drum—the materials it is made of, its size and shape, and the tension of its top, or drumhead—all affect how the drum sounds. 
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how sound is produced and changed and how sound and/or light can be used to communicate. 
Georgia Standard: S4P2

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will construct a model ear to learn how different materials transmit sound. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how sound is produced and changed and how sound and/or light can be used to communicate. 
Georgia Standard: S4P2

Can You Hear Me Now?
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity
In this activity students will experiment with how far sound travels naturally, as compared to how far it travels with satellite amplification. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how sound is produced and changed and how sound and/or light can be used to communicate. 
Georgia Standard: S4P2

Sonar
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity
In this activity, teachers will create a mysterious topography using small boxes inside a copy paper box. Students will simulate sonar by inserting wooden skewers into holes in the box lid to investigate the unknown topography. Students will use that information to make a contour map of the mysterious topography. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about how sound is produced and changed and how sound and/or light can be used to communicate. 
Georgia Standard: S4P2

Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
Find out how the center of gravity of a sculpture can be adjusted to make a cool balance toy. Explore the design process in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
Georgia Standard: S4P3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
Rev up this monster wheel to race it, or do freestyle tricks with it. Explore the design process and forces in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
Georgia Standard: S4P3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
Build a cardboard crane and see how heavy a load it can lift, in this activity from Design Squad Nation.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
Georgia Standard: S4P3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
A catapult is a device used to hurl an object. It uses a simple machine called a lever (the spoon and craft stick), which is attached to a stationary point called a fulcrum (the cardboard tube), to help move a load (the marshmallow). Your catapult is powered by the rubber band. When you pull back on the lever, potential energy is stored in the rubber band. When you let go, the potential energy is transferred to the lever and turned into the energy of motion (or kinetic energy), and the marshmallow is flung forward. Download this "Fetch!" PDF, and build a catapult using a lever, and power it with a rubber band!
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
Georgia Standard: S4P3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Activity
Experiment with simple machines in this SciGirls activity where students design and create their own moving sculpture. Machines help us get work done; some are complex, with lots of moving parts, and others are simple. Cams are one example of a simple machine. They are like gears, but have no teeth and come in lots of different shapes. We use them to convert rotating motion (such as turning a crank) into back and forth motion (such as waving an arm). You'll find cams in everyday objects such as cars, music boxes, wooden automata, and toys.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
Georgia Standard: S4P3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive
How do you get a glove and a ball up to your tree house? One answer is to use a pulley. A pulley is a simple machine. In this original KET interactive, children learn about the basic workings of three simple machines.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
Georgia Standard: S4P3
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Support Materials
In this video segment from Cyberchase, Jackie, Matt, and Inez try to move a stack of slabs blocking a doorway. They decide to use a long board as a lever, but they soon realize they need a longer board in order to move the heavy slabs. The problem is that they are not sure exactly how long the lever should be. Since they do not have the time to try out levers of varying lengths, Inez decides to construct a scale model. While testing their model levers, they learn about the relationship between the length of a lever and its lifting capability.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
Georgia Standard: S4P3
 
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity
In this activity, students will learn about the importance of balance in an ecosystem. They will simulate population changes over time. Then they will evaluate a local ecosystem and create a report that describes the ecosystem’s health. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1
 
Source: Siemens STEM Day
Resource Type: Activity
In this activity, students will learn how non-native species can damage the balance of an ecosystem. Students will use the web to explore various examples of invasive non-native plants and animals being introduced into an ecosystem. Some examples include Kudzu, Cane Toads, and Zebra Mussels. Students will also look at the impact invasive species have on humans as well as ecosystems. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1
 
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Interactive
In this lesson, students play a series of online games in which they model how the plants and animals in an ecosystem depend on one another. The GSE does not expect students to identify different types of consumers, but those terms are used in these games.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1
 
Source: Ignite My Future
Resource Type: Document
Explore solutions to help the public identify invasive species from native ones by creating an electronic field guide that can recognize distinctive patterns and features. *Choose "graphic arts" in the Subject drop down menu .*  
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will learn the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in a California sea lion’s community and how complex a food web can be.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will identify variables that impact our schoolyard creek and ultimately our watershed.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will be able to describe the diversity and interdependence of organisms within various habitats of a watershed.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1   
 
Source: Georgia Aquarium
Resource Type: Lesson Plan
Students will describe what pollution is, identify sources of non-point source pollution and learn how humans will affect the environment and its influence on the plants and animals that share it with us.
Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
Georgia Standard: S4L1