4th Grade Science Syllabus

Class Name: 4th Grade Science
Teacher: Cindy Geer
Email: cgeer@usd223.org
Phone: 1-785-348-5531

Class Description: We use the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Textbook, 2008 edition. We also use Study Island assessment program and the ACE (Assessment Conditioning Exercises) notebook as supplemental resources when preparing for the science state assessments.
This class is designed to promote the learning cycle (engage, explore, explain, evaluate, and extend) when studying fourth grade life, physical, and earth sciences.

Learning Goal: This class is designed to meet the Kansas science standards for fourth grade.

Learning Outcome: The student will demonstrate mastery of science state standards using both formal and informal assessments, along with teacher observation.

Instructional Units:

August/September

• Scientific Method
• Kingdoms of Life
• Animal Kingdom

October/November

• Ecosystems
• Exploring Ecosystems
• Surviving in Ecosystems
• Shaping Earth
• Saving Earth’s Resources

December/January

• Weather and Climate
• Solar System
• Beyond the Solar System

February/March

• Properties of Matter
• Matter and Its Changes
• Forces

April/May

• Energy
• Nutrition

** Due to the nature of the class and the individual level of student mastery involved, it is important to understand that there is a possibility of changes that may occur throughout the school year.

The following standards are assessed on the fourth grade science assessment given in the spring of each school year.
• Science as Inquiry
• Planning/Conducting a simple investigation
• Appropriate equipment, tools, and safety procedures when gathering data
• Ability to communicate and analyze his/her own science investigation
• Ability to describe objects by more than one property
• Observe how one object interacts with another object
• Finding differences between solids, liquids, and gases
• Describe an objects motion based off the force that was exerted on it
• Identify that the source of sound is vibration
• Demonstrate that magnets attract and repel
• Construct a simple circuit
• Observes organisms and their structural characteristics
• Compare basic needs of different organisms
• Life cycles of various organisms
• Collect and Classify earth materials in his/her environment
• Properties of the water cycle
• Electromagnetic Radiation
• Changes in Earth’s surface
• Observe and record daily and season weather changes

Grading Scale:

100% - 91% A
90% - 82% B
81% - 73% C
72% - 64% D
63% and Below F

Make-Up Work:

If an absence is excused the student will be allowed to complete the assignment without penalty in a reasonable amount of time based upon teacher discrepancy. If an absence is unexcused the student is still responsible for completing the assignment, but will be given a zero.

Homework Procedure:

Homework is given after each lesson and quizzes are also given after each lesson. There are chapter tests that are given, with usually a one week notice of when the test will be given. There are study guides given to help prepare for the test, unless the test is open book. If an assignment is turned in late, the student is docked 20 percentage points after the assignment is graded and scored. Example: A late assignment is turned in and graded, if the student receives a 90% on the assignment, I will dock 20 percentage points and the final grade for that assignment will be a 70%.