Ready-To-Use Science Proficiency Lessons and Activities: 4th Grade

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This set of Ready-to-Use Science Proficiency Lessons & Activities gives classroom teachers and science specialists a dynamic and progressive way to meet curriculum standards and competencies at the fourth-grade level. You?ll find the lessons and activities at each level actively engage students in learning about the natural and technological world in which we live by encouraging them to use their senses and intuitive abilities on the road to discovery. They were developed and tested by professional science teachers who sought to give students enjoyable learning experiences while at the same time preparing them for district and statewide proficiency exams.

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This set of Ready-to-Use Science Proficiency Lessons & Activities gives classroom teachers and science specialists a dynamic and progressive way to meet curriculum standards and competencies at the fourth-grade level. Science Proficiency Lessons & Activities are also available from the publisher at the Eighth Grade Level and the Tenth Grade Level.

You?ll find the lessons and activities at each level actively engage students in learning about the natural and technological world in which we live by encouraging them to use their senses and intuitive abilities on the road to discovery. They were developed and tested by professional science teachers who sought to give students enjoyable learning experiences while at the same time preparing them for district and statewide proficiency exams.

For easy use, the lessons and activities at the Fourth Grade Level are printed in a big 8-1/4" x 11" spiral-bound format that folds flat for photocopying of over 150 student activity sheets, and are organized into four sections:

  1. METHODS AND MEASUREMENT LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
  2. PHYSICAL SCIENCE LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
  3. LIFE SCIENCE LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
  4. EARTH SCIENCE LESSONS & ACTIVITIES
Each section offers 12 to 17 detailed lessons with reproducible activity sheets for teaching basic concepts and skills in one main area of science at this level. Each lesson includes:
  • the Basic Principle underlying the lesson and accompanying student activitiy
  • the specific science Competency students will demonstrate
  • a list of Materials needed to complete the activity
  • an easy-to-follow, illustrated Procedure for presenting the lesson and accompanying student activity handout
  • Observations & Analysis describing the desired results and answers to the student activity
  • a two-page, illustrated Student Handout with step-by-step directions for carrying out the activity and recording observations and conclusions
The lessons in each section are followed by sample test items focusing on the concepts and skills emphasized in that section. These will help students prepare for the types of questions they will be asked in actual test situations and are followed by answer keys.

All three grade level volumes?Fourth Grade, Eighth Grade, and Tenth Grade?give you stimulating and effective ways to help students master basic science content and prepare to demonstrate their knowledge at the particular level.

About the Author:

Mark J. Handwerker, Ph.D. (B.S., C.C.N.Y., Ph.D. in Biology, U.C.I.) has taught science for over 15 years in the Los Angeles and Temecula Valley Unified School Districts. As a mentor and instructional support teacher, he has also trained scores of new teachers in the "art" of teaching science. Dr. Handwerker is the author/editor of articles in several scientific fields and the coauthor of an earth science textbook currently in use.

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