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  • NIA| Elementary Curriculum Guide

    We Make Good Students Great!

    2017-2018

    Science- Grade 4

    Cycle 3 43 Days The recommended number of days/lessons is less than the number of

    days in the grading cycle to accommodate differentiated instruction, extended learning time, and assessments days. Jan 8-Mar 9, 2018

    Unit # of Days/Lessons

    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills/Student Expectations (TEKS/SEs) The student will:

    Unit 11: Classifying Natural Resources In this unit, students explore natural resources and classify them as renewable and nonrenewable natural resources as well as determine how they can be conserved.

    10

    50-minute lessons

    Suggested Pacing:

    ________-________

    Unit 11: Classifying Natural Resources (10 lessons) 4.7C identify and classify Earth's renewable resources, including air, plants, water, and animals; and nonrenewable resources, including coal, oil, and natural gas; and the importance of conservation SPIRAL- 4.7A examine properties of soils, including color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants; 4.1B make informed choices in the use and conservation of natural resources and reusing and recycling of materials such as paper, aluminum, glass, cans, and plastic **The majority of the TEKS for this cycle are supporting TEKS for the 5th grade Science STAAR. This information for the most part is grade specific and is not repeated in the 5th grade content.**

    Sample Test Item 4.7C Resources

    Notes to Teacher Renewable resources include air, plants, water, and animals, which are generally replaceable within a lifetime.

    Nonrenewable resources include coal, oil, and natural gas, which cannot be replaced within a lifetime.

    We should make responsible decisions to conserve both renewable and nonrenewable resources.

    Academic Vocabulary

    threatened nonrenewable resource conservation coal oil

    endangered renewable resource natural gas extinct

    Vertical Alignment 3rd Grade 3.7D explore the characteristics of natural resources that make them useful in products and materials such as clothing and furniture, and how resources may be conserved

    Before After

    5th Grade 5.7C identify alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biofuels

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  • NIA| Elementary Curriculum Guide

    We Make Good Students Great!

    2017-2018

    Science- Grade 4 Science Background Information

    Natural Resources are substances that exist naturally on Earth and are used by humans for consumption (eating and drinking), for production (making useful things), or for producing energy. Fourth graders will categorize natural resources according to the ability to replace them within a lifetime. For example, because milk from cows, paper from trees, and water from tide movements are replaceable within a lifetime, these resources are considered renewable. Caution: Although air, plants, water, and animals are considered replaceable within a lifetime, humans have misused resources through overconsumption and pollution, which profoundly affects the renewability of these resources. Nonrenewable resources are materials in which there is a finite or fixed amount, and once they are consumed, they cannot be replaced by Earth in any reasonable amount of time. Coal, oil, and natural gas are used to make other products, and fossil fuels are burned to produce energy for vehicles, machines, homes, and businesses. Coal - Besides burning coal in electric power plants or in furnaces, coal is used in a surprising number of products, such as pavements, insecticides, medicines, and explosives. Because coal was formed from the decay and deep burial of ancient swamp plants that took hundreds of millions of years to convert into coal, this popular resource is not renewable. Petroleum Oil and Natural Gas - In addition to various grades of vehicle fuels and oil, petroleum oil is also converted into thousands of products, such as plastics, lubricants, wax, roofing materials, etc. Natural gas is used to fuel furnaces and cook food, powers some buses and cars, and is a major product used in manufacturing fertilizers and ammonia. Millions of years of heat and pressure were necessary to convert microscopic marine organisms buried under layers of ocean floor into pockets of oil and natural gas that have become major sources for modern energy consumption. Once used, however, these fossil fuels are gone forever. With the coming of the Industrial Age and the huge demand of large quantities of fossil fuels for production, humans began polluting nature faster than nature could cleanse itself. In addition, overconsumption of natural resources was not prevented. Today, three conservation words empower us to protect and manage nonrenewable and renewable resources: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

  • NIA| Elementary Curriculum Guide

    We Make Good Students Great!

    2017-2018

    Science- Grade 4 Fossil Fuel (Nonrenewable Resources) Conservation - Examples of conserving nonrenewable fossil fuel resources are carpooling, more fuel-efficient vehicles, hybrid, or electric cars, high-efficiency rated appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs), or switching to alternative energy sources, such as solar energy. Renewable Resources Conservation - Examples of conserving renewable resources, such as water are lawn-watering ordinances, recycling and purifying waste water, improving water pollution laws, or encouraging efficient irrigation methods. To conserve air, people could use more efficient filters on polluting factories, reduce car emissions, and create

    better laws that govern clean air. To conserve plants, create laws that protect our Earths rain forests, encourage tree planting at home, schools, and businesses, or reduce and recycle paper products.

    Essential Questions

    What are renewable resources and what makes them renewable?

    What are nonrenewable resources and what makes them nonrenewable?

    What are responsible decisions concerning the conservation of renewable and nonrenewable resources?

    Inquiry Questions

    How can resources be conserved?

    Are both renewable and nonrenewable resources limited? Explain.

    Which methods work best in coal mining and oil spill investigations?

    Key Science Concepts

    Renewable resources include air, plants, water, and animals, which are generally replaceable within a lifetime.

    Nonrenewable resources include coal, oil, and natural gas, which cannot be replaced within a lifetime.

    We should make responsible decisions to conserve both renewable and nonrenewable resources.

    Science Websites

    http://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/naturalresourcesearth.html

    https://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=nonrenewable_home-basics

    https://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=renewable_home-basics

    http://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/naturalresourcesearth.htmlhttps://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=nonrenewable_home-basicshttps://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=renewable_home-basics

  • NIA| Elementary Curriculum Guide

    We Make Good Students Great!

    2017-2018

    Science- Grade 4

    Cycle 3 43 Days The recommended number of days/lessons is less than the number of

    days in the grading cycle to accommodate differentiated instruction, extended learning time, and assessments days. Jan 8-Mar 9, 2018

    Unit # of Days/Lessons

    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills/Student Expectations (TEKS/SEs) The student will:

    Unit 12: Predicting Weather and Its Processes In this unit, students will explore will record weather change using metric tools and make predictions using weather maps.

    8-9

    50-minute lessons

    Suggested Pacing:

    ________-________

    Unit 12: Predicting Weather and Its Processes (8-9 lessons) 4.8A measure and record changes in weather and make predictions using weather maps, weather symbols, and a map key

    SPIRAL- 4.2B collect and record data by observing and measuring, using the metric system, and using descriptive words and numerals such as labeled drawings, writing, and concept maps **The majority of the TEKS for this cycle are supporting TEKS for the 5th grade Science STAAR. This information for the most part is grade specific and is not repeated in the 5th grade content.**

    Sample Test Item 4.8A Weather

    Notes to Teacher Students should be given opportunities to use tools to collect weather data.

    Students should understand that weather maps are useful for making predictions.

    Students might think that weather and climate are the same thing, but in fact they are different.

    Academic Vocabulary

    weather hail sleet snow rain

    cloudy high pressure precipitation stationary front weather symbol

    rain gauge low pressure fog weather map map key

    air pressure meteorologist wind vane warm front cold front

    Vertical Alignment 3rd Grade 3.8.A observe, measure, record and compare day-to-day weather changes in different locations at the same time that include air temperature, wind dir