Mr. Berman's Fourth Grade Science and Social Studies

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Students will develop and demonstrate skills in the areas of:  Informational Text, Writing Literacy, Speaking, and Listening while analyzing and examining the following content areas:Physical, Cultural, Political, economic, and Historic features and places of the regions of the United States as well as Native American groups and European explorations and settlements impacting the development of the major regions of the United States.

Students will be expected to write:Opinion pieces on U.S. regional and History topics, Informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic, and Narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.

SCIENCE:

Environments:  The study of the structures and behaviors of organisms and the relationships between one organism and its environment builds knowledge of all organisms. With this knowledge comes an awareness of limits. Such knowledge is important because humans can change environments. 

Soils, Rocks, and Landforms:  Geology is the study of our planet’s earth materials and natural resources. Because they are so ubiquitous and abundant, they are often taken for granted. The Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Module provides students with firsthand experiences with soils and rocks and modeling experiences using tools such as topographic maps and stream tables to study changes to rocks and landforms at Earth’s surface. 

Energy:  The Energy Module provides first-hand experiences in physical science dealing with energy and change. Students investigate electricity and magnetism as related effects and engage in engineering design while learning useful applications of electromagnetism in everyday life. They explore energy transfer through waves, repeating patterns of motion, that result in sound and motion.